FRV confirms Development Approval for two further Queensland solar farms

3 July

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global utility-scale solar developer, has received development approval to deliver two further, utility-scale solar projects located in Clare and Tieri, Queensland.

Combined, the two projects will add an additional 141 MW dc to FRV’s existing 281 MW dc portfolio of solar farm projects already approved and not yet under construction in Queensland, an increase of around 50%.

“These recent planning approvals build on FRV’s track record of successfully working with local communities to achieve positive regulatory endorsement for its utility-scale solar projects,” Managing Director of FRV Australia, Cameron Garnsworthy, said.

The 45 MW dc Clare II Solar Farm, received approval from the Burdekin Shire Council in June 2017 and is located adjacent to FRV’s 125 MW dc Clare Solar Farm, which is currently under construction.

The 96 MW dc Tieri Solar Farm received approval from the Central Highlands Regional Council in late May 2017. The company already has approval to construct the 125 MW dc Lilyvale Solar Farm in the same region. Construction of the Lilyvale Solar Farm is expected to start in the third quarter of 2017.

Source: FRV

Click here to go to online datasheet: Lilyvale Solar Farm

 

GFG Alliance signs binding agreement to acquire flagship Australian integrated mining and steel group Arrium

4 July

Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, the international industrial, energy, natural resources and financial services group, has today signed a binding agreement to acquire Arrium, the integrated Australian mining and steel business, out of administration.

The acquisition is expected to secure the jobs of over 5,500 Australian workers, and includes the following steel and steel-related businesses.

  • The Iron Ore Mining Operations – producing approximately 10m tonnes per annum of iron ore -haematite and magnetite pellets - for export and internal supply.
  • Whyalla Port and Rail
  • Whyalla Steelworks – 1.2m tonnes per annum blast furnace operation and Australia’s only producer of rail and hot rolled structural steel products.
  • OneSteel Scrap Recycling – A steel scrap and recycling business with a national network of collection and processing facilities handling around 2m tonnes per annum of ferrous scrap and around 250,000 tonnes per annum of non-ferrous scrap for export and internal supply.
  • OneSteel Secondary Steelworks –4m tonnes per annum from two electric arc furnaces with three bar and rod rolling mills (Sydney, Melbourne, and Newcastle). The business is Australia’s only producer of rod, bar and wire products.
  • Australian Tube Mills - Australia’s largest steel pipe and tube manufacturer.
  • OneSteel Reinforcing, ARC and OneSteel Metal Centres - Australia’s leading general steel distributor and steel reinforcing solutions provider to commercial, residential and civil construction; mining; agriculture; and manufacturing sectors.

The acquisition of Arrium builds on GFG Alliance’s track record of acquisitions and turnarounds in the UK where it is now a key player in the industrial, energy, property and financial sectors. To date the group has secured the jobs of more than 4,000 industrial workers in the UK through its Liberty House (steel, aluminium and engineering), SIMEC (energy, infrastructure and resources), GFG Estates and Wyelands (banking, capital and advisory) businesses.

Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance said: “I am thrilled to announce this landmark deal to acquire Arrium, establishing the GFG Alliance as a major participant in Australia’s industrial landscape.

“We have a vision to create a vertically integrated and sustainable industrial business that encompasses mining, metal recycling, primary metal production, engineering and distribution, and which also includes the use of renewable energy consistent with our GREENSTEEL strategy. We aim to leverage the advantages of integration across the value chain, from raw materials and metal production to high-end engineered products, coupled with supply chain and value added financial solutions.

“The Arrium business fits perfectly with this strategy and we believe it has an exciting future leveraging our GREENSTEEL vision which has been well proven in the UK. The acquisition will secure the jobs of over 5,500 Australian workers, a similar number to that which GFG Alliance has saved in the UK.

“Looking forward, we will continue to explore opportunities to further grow our presence in Australia in adjacent and complementary industries, including renewable energy, metals and mining.

“I would like to thank all stakeholders who have worked tirelessly alongside me for over a year on this acquisition. I would also like to thank both the Federal and South Australian Governments for their proactive and collaborative partnership with us in seeking solutions to the challenges faced by the Arrium businesses.”

Michael Morley, Development Director for the GFG Alliance said: “Arrium is well placed to play a significant role in the expected growth in infrastructure spending in Australia over the coming years. The business is endowed with an experienced and skilled workforce, well-run operations, strong brands and long-established customer relationships and we look forward to exploring opportunities to grow the business further.

“Whilst the Whyalla Steelworks has faced well-publicised operational and financial challenges over recent years, we have developed a comprehensive plan to secure its long-term future and that of the local community. Our plan focuses on reducing the cost of iron ore feed, targeted modernisation investments, energy generation, expanding production and creating high value export opportunities. We are particularly excited by the opportunity for the Whyalla Steelworks to directly supply intermediate steel products to our UK rolling mills that are currently sourced from third parties. Whilst our plan remains subject to reaching agreement with Government, we have had regular and constructive discussions with both the Federal and South Australian Governments throughout the sale process and look forward to continuing those discussions now the acquisition has been agreed.”

The binding agreement is subject to limited conditions only, including approval by the Committee of Creditors and approval by Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board. Completion is expected to occur on 31 August 2017.

Source: GFG Alliance

 

NEW PROJECT

Photon Energy is developing a 316 MW solar power plant in NSW

Global solar power solutions provider Photon Energy NV is developing a 316 MW solar power plant near Gunning (NSW), that would currently make it the biggest PV project in New South Wales and one of the largest planned in Australia, comparable in size to conventional utility scale power stations. The solar power plant, which would be constructed on 590 ha of land, is currently going through the Permitting and Grid Connection process.

Construction could start in early 2019.

The project is progressing through the NSW government State Significant Development process. At the same time the grid Connection Process is underway with Transgrid, the operator of the major high voltage transmission network in New South Wales and the ACT, for the design of a substation for approximately 300 MW AC to be connected to Transgrid’s 330 KV network.

“Gunning is to date the largest solar project Photon Energy is developing with a view of making a material contribution to Australia’s goal of meeting its renewable energy target”, said Michael Gartner, Managing Director of Photon Energy Australia. Photon Energy is also developing further large-scale solar power plants with a combined capacity of 42 MWp in Australia.

"Today’s announcement puts us into a leading position in the Australian market for utility-scale solar projects and confirms our ability to identify suitable locations in the world’s sunniest continent and reinforces our commitment to contribute substantially to the transformation of Australia’s energy mix towards renewable energy sources”, explained Georg Hotar, Chief Executive Officer of Photon Energy NV.

Source: Photon Energy

 

Nevertire Solar Farm approved

Epuron’s Solar 105 MW Nevertire Solar Farm, near Nevertire in the Warren Shire Local Government Area of New South Wales, approved by NSW Department of Planning & Environment. The project site is 255 hectares located approximately 1km west of the township of Nevertire, which is 60 km east of Nyngan. The development footprint within the project site is 177 ha and has been designed to avoid all native vegetation. It is flat in nature and has been cleared for cropping and grazing.

Contact:

Jess Picton

Project Manager

Epuron

Tel: (02) 8456 7400​

Email: info@epuron.com.au

 

Carnegie’s Energy Made Clean secures a multimillion dollar contract for microgrid at Delamere Air Weapons Range

7 July

Carnegie Clean Energy Limited (ASX:CCE) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Energy Made Clean (EMC) has been awarded a contract to design, construct and install a Microgrid System at Delamere Air Weapons Range in the Northern Territory of Australia.

EMC has been awarded a contract by Lendlease Building Pty Ltd (Lendlease) as Managing Contractor on behalf of the Department of Defence to design, construct, install and integrate a solar, diesel and battery energy storage system (BESS) microgrid at the Delamere Air Weapons Range, located approximately 400km south of Darwin, NT. The hybrid power system will supply high penetration solar power to approximately 200kVA peak load and deliver a 61% diesel consumption savings. The design is based on proven technology and control platforms that EMC has been integrating over the last three years.

This project will be the second Department of Defence contract for a renewable energy hybrid microgrid system, following on from the Bathurst Island project that EMC delivered in 2015 for a 35kVA peak load system with remote monitoring facilities.

CEO of EMC, Mr John Davidson said:

“We are delighted to be working with Lendlease Building and the Department of Defence to supply reliable renewable energy with significant cost saving benefits. This system has wide reaching application, with the ability to be replicated in similar utilities bases throughout Australia.”

The CEO of Carnegie, Dr Michael Ottaviano said:

"Off-grid, renewable based microgrids are cheaper, cleaner and more secure than current diesel powered systems. Every diesel powered load should be running a renewable microgrid. This project is a great example of the larger, more complex systems where Carnegie and EMC are demonstrated leaders."

The project is due for completion in mid-2018.

Source: Carnegie Clean Energy

 

Carnegie unsuccessful in tender for South Australian BESS

7 July

Carnegie Clean Energy Limited (ASX: CCE) has today been notified by the South Australian government that its submission to provide a utility scale battery energy storage into the South Australia electricity network has been unsuccessful.

Carnegie’s Managing Director, Dr Michael Ottaviano, commented:

“We are disappointed with the outcome. We felt we had a compelling and local proposition but we wish the South Australian government well for the future success of the project. Carnegie and its subsidiary, Energy Made Clean, are the most experienced Australian company in the deployment of large scale batteries, and we are currently pursuing a number of utility scale battery opportunities in this rapidly growing market.

"Regardless of this decision by the South Australian government, Carnegie will continue its aggressive expansion throughout Australia and internationally."

Source: Carnegie Clean Energy

 

South Australia showing the world what renewable energy has in store with new battery

7 July

The Clean Energy Council has congratulated its members Tesla and Neoen on signing an agreement with the South Australian Government to build the world’s largest lithium ion battery, which will be paired with the Hornsdale Wind Farm.

Clean Energy Council Executive General Manager of Industry Development, Natalie Collard, said the pioneering 100 MW project will set a benchmark for the rest of Australia – and the world – to follow.

“The South Australian Government has again cemented its place as a world leader in renewable energy and we look forward to other states following their lead. Already the Victorian Government has announced several initiatives to boost energy storage capacity in the state,” Ms Collard said.

“As was the case with large-scale solar, these pioneering early projects help to identify and overcome any barriers to development, effectively driving down the price of future projects. The battery will provide not just stored energy to the national market, but also essential grid stabilising services, helping to secure the state’s energy supply and improve its efficiency.

"These kinds of projects have a huge role to play in modernising Australia’s energy system and enabling much higher levels of renewable energy such as wind and solar.

“Certainly the agreement shows the power of social media to broker multi-million dollar business deals, following a Twitter conversation between Tesla’s Elon Musk and Mike Cannon-Brookes from Atlassian earlier in the year. Tesla has 100 days from the date of the grid connection agreement to the launch, so we look forward to seeing this world-beating project in action by the time summer starts.

“Obviously with a project of this scale and prestige, the competition was always going to be fierce, and I would also like to recognise our other members who put in bids for the project. I am confident that home-grown companies such as Zen Energy and Carnegie Clean Energy will impress us greatly with what they deliver in the coming years,” she said.

Ms Collard said the most important thing for the entire energy sector in Australia was to secure enduring and bipartisan energy policy that would help to rein in runaway energy prices.

“The Clean Energy Target mechanism recommended by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel holds significant promise to bring the major parties closer together and deliver the long-term energy policy that will help to modernise our energy system,” said Ms Collard.

Source: Clean Energy Council

 

Tesla to pair world’s largest lithium ion battery with Neoen wind farm in SA

7 July

The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be installed in South Australia under a historic agreement between French renewable energy company Neoen, US sustainable energy company Tesla and the South Australian Government.

The energy storage systems from Tesla will be paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm and installed before summer.

Confirming the commitment from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to deliver the battery within 100 days or it is free, it has been agreed between Tesla and the South Australian Government that the starting date for the 100 days will be once the grid interconnection agreement has been signed.

After leading the nation in renewable energy, the 100MW / 129MWh battery places South Australia at the forefront of global energy storage technology.

The battery will operate at all times providing stability services for renewable energy, and will be available to provide emergency back-up power if a shortfall in energy is predicted.

The deal will also bring other investments by both Neoen and Tesla into South Australia’s economy, with details to be announced in the future.

The selection of Neoen will also strengthen South Australia’s links with France’s high-tech sector and reinforce the State’s world-leading role in tackling global warming.

Background

Wind power with battery storage has been recommended through the Finkel Review as well as AEMO’s recent reports to provide energy system security services – this plan delivers on these objectives.

Neoen was selected on a merit basis after a multi-stage procurement process attracted around 90 responses to the Expression of Interest, with 14 proponents invited to supply, and five shortlisted for detailed assessment.

The consortium demonstrated it is capable of delivering 100MW of capacity by December 1 and provided a highly competitive commercial offer with the best value for money.

Neoen and Tesla have a track record in comparable scale projects, and are committed to deliver on time at the lowest cost with a suite of value-adding initiatives.

In March, the State Government announced a plan for South Australia to take charge of its energy future, ensuring our State would become more self-reliant.

Source: SA Government

Click here to go to online project datasheet: Hornsdale Wind Farm

 

Concentrated solar thermal - request for information

7 July

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is seeking industry information as the first step in exploring how concentrated sunlight could generate reliable, affordable renewable energy with built-in storage for our national grids.

The new call aligns with the Federal Government’s offer to make up to $110 million available for an equity investment to accelerate and secure delivery of a CST project in Port Augusta.

We are inviting all interested stakeholders to have their say before the end of July.

Request for Information

ARENA is requesting information from prospective industry participants on the costs and benefits of Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST).

This information will help ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to determine the scope and focus of government assistance for the deployment of CST in Australia.

Interested parties are expected to include (but are not limited to) project proponents, debt and equity investors, original equipment manufacturers, off-takers and government entities.

Responses are due by 5pm 31 July 2017, can cover all types of CST technology and project sizes, and should not exceed a written submission of 20 pages.

Respondents should outline:

  • the nature of their interest in CST (for example as an investor, developer, technology provider, off-taker, regulator
  • their experience with CST
  • their view of CST’s potential value proposition relative to other renewable generation technologies
  • any preferences with respect to firm generation profile and potential value uplift for that purpose

 regulatory, commercial, market or technical barriers and opportunities facing CST

  • environmental considerations in CST deployment
  • their views of the key risks in CST projects and how they might be best mitigated
  • preferred energy and renewable energy certificate offtake arrangements
  • factors differentiating such projects from other technology solutions, and
  • any other information the respondent feels may be relevant to the ARENA and CEFC’s consideration as to how best to support the deployment of CST.

Where respondents are considering potential roles as CST project developers or contractors respondents are invited to outline their views of:

  • the optimal maximum and minimum CST project sizing (rated capacity, storage hours), location and dispatch profile
  • the expected capital and operating costs of deploying the optimal project
  • expected areas of future capital and operating cost reduction (local and international replication) by, for example:
  • anticipated technology improvements
  • anticipated capital cost reductions
  • potential to develop the local supply chain
  • future labour savings and risk margin savings in delivery
  • expected local content and the potential for local industry development
  • expected annual energy output
  • likely construction and commissioning timeframes, and
  • potential grid impacts.

Information will be treated in accordance with ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program Guidelines, however some information may be publicly disclosed after it has been aggregated and anonymised.

Responses are due by Friday 31st July 2017 at 5pm

Responses and enquiries should be emailed to proposals@arena.gov.au

Source: ARENA

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