Pilbara Generation Project
Project at a glance
The Pilbara Generation Project (Project) will enhance Fortescue's existing power generation capacity through the inclusion of 150MW of gas fired reciprocating engine-based power generation, together with 150MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and 50MW of battery storage and will be constructed, owned and operated by Fortescue through its subsidiary Pilbara Energy (Generation) Pty Ltd.
The Pilbara Generation Project complements the Pilbara Transmission Project, which consists of 275km of high voltage transmission lines connecting Fortescue's existing mine sites.
Together, the Project and the Pilbara Transmission Project, form the Pilbara Energy Connect (PEC) which
leverages Fortescue's existing gas pipeline and latent generation capacity at the Solomon Power Station;
will provide Fortescue with a hybrid solar gas energy solution;
will enable Fortescue to supply additional power to be delivered to its mine sites; and
supports the incorporation of additional large-scale renewable energy in the future.
The Pilbara Generation Project will require the:
establishment of a Thermal Power Station to connect to the existing Solomon Power station;
establishment of Solar PV Generation to generate power and connect to the transmission network; and
establishment of a Battery Energy Storage System to connect to the Pilbara Transmission Network.
Construction activities are expected to commence as follows:
Thermal Power Generation is scheduled to commence in August 2020.
Battery Energy Storage is scheduled to commence in June 2021.
Solar PV Generation is scheduled to commence in April 2021.
Local and Indigenous participation:
In line with Fortescue's commitment to supporting local Western Australian communities, requirements relating to the engagement of local and Indigenous vendors will be included in the selection criteria for Pilbara Generation Project tendering opportunities.
The Iron Bridge Magnetite Project (Project) is the development of a new magnetite mine (including processing and transport facilities) and associated infrastructure. Iron Bridge will deliver 22 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of high grade 67% Fe magnetite concentrate product.
The Pilbara Transmission Project (Project) aims to integrate Fortescue's iron ore mining and port operations in the Pilbara to a common 220kV network.
The creation of this 220kV network and these Stage 4 works will enable Fortescue's existing Solomon Mine power station to supply power to Fortescue's Eliwana Mine (Eliwana).
Fortescue is committed to decarbonising its Australian iron ore operations in mining, port, rail, Non-process Infrastructure and mobile fleet in the Pilbara in Western Australia to achieve real zero terrestrial emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 2030. Real zero refers to no fossil fuels and wherever possible, no offsets.