Risen powers up its BESS project pipeline
Published Date : 2023-September-28, Thursday
Risen Energy’s Coleambally BESS project, a 100 MW / 400 MWh battery energy storage system to be located approximately 9km north-east of Coleambally in the Murrumbidgee LGA, has been approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
The project is located on largely cleared land and will be
adjacent to Transgrid’s existing Coleambally substation.
It is in proximity to the South West Renewable Energy Zone and
will have a development footprint of approximately 4ha for the BESS and
Construction is expected to take 10 months.
Three objections to the project, from a total of four
submissions, were received by the Department as part of the Environmental
Impact Statement exhibition process.
The Department said overall it “considers the site is
suitable for the project as it is located adjacent to the existing electricity
network and would store and distribute energy to support reliable supply to NSW”.
The project would provide flow-on benefits to the local
community, including “up to 40 construction jobs, a capital investment of $184
million and contributions of approximately $1.37 million to Murrumbidgee
Council, over the life of the project for community enhancement initiatives
through a Voluntary Planning Agreement”.
Another Risen Energy project in the Murrumbidgee LGA, the Woodland Battery Energy Storage System located on
rural land in Darlington Point, has been placed on exhibition by the NSW state
Risen is proposing the construction, operation and
decommissioning of the Woodland BESS with a discharge capacity up to 300 MW and
a storage capacity up to 1200 MWh.
The project will include an electrical switching station and
ancillary infrastructure and facilities, and approximately 1440m of underground
330kV high voltage cable connecting the BESS substation to the existing 330kV Darlington
The project will be open for comment until 23 October 2023.
In South Australia, Risen is currently in the process of selecting
an EPC contractor for its proposed Bungama BESS.
Located 5km east of Port Pirie, the 200 MW / 400 MWh project
will occupy approximately 5 hectares and consist of 59 battery units and power
transformers to step up power to 275kV and then connect into the Bungama
substation located within 200m from the project site.
The Bungama BESS was one of eight successful projects in ARENA’s
$176 million Large Scale Battery Storage Funding Round announced in December 2022.