A $20 billion energy development in the Top End has received a major shot in the arm.
The Northern Territory Government has granted major project status to Sun Cable’s Australia-Singapore Power Link Project near Tennant Creek, 990km south of Darwin. It is promised to be one of the world’s largest solar farms under construction in the world.
This special status is promised to help create 1000 jobs during construction plus a further 300 positions during operation. Local contractors are in the process of being procured and will start manufacturing the prefabricated solar farm technology in both Darwin and Adelaide.
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“The Northern Territory has an incredible opportunity to lead the world as a renewable energy hub and seizing this opportunity will deliver thousands of local jobs,” NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said in a public statement.
The project involves building a solar farm capable of generating 10 gigawatts (GW) and storage facility with a capacity of 20GW to 30GW an hour. Electricity will be supplied to both the Darwin and Singapore markets through long-term supply agreements. There is potential to connect the project with the region wide ASEAN power grid.
Sun Cable is now required to prepare an environmental impact statement and a NT government benefit plan before construction can begin. A project development agreement will also need be negotiated between the government and the proponent to provide a framework for cooperating to progress the project through the required approvals processes.
“Sun Cable is excited to enter the next phase of the development process for the Australia-Singapore Power Link,” the proponent said. “We look forward to advancing the project with the Northern Territory Government’s support.”
Tennant Creek boasts to have one of the highest solar irradiance resources on the planet, making it an ideal location for the project.