Genex Power has announced that its subsidiary, K3W Project Co, has entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Stanwell Corporation for the 258MW Kidston Stage 3 Wind Project (K3W). K3W is being developed by Genex in a 50:50 partnership with Electric Power Development (J-POWER). The agreement secures the offtake of 50 per cent of the project’s output of […]
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$600 million of sewage treatment upgrades are in the pipeline for City of Gold Coast, including a $160 million upgrade to expand the Coombabah Sewage Treatment Plant’s total capacity by 30 per cent to service an additional 140,000 people. The City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said that the $160 million upgrades ensure that the Coombabah Sewage Treatment Plant […]
The SGSPAA Board, owner of Jemena, has announced that it has appointed a new Managing Director to lead the group. David Gillespie has been appointed to the role, which he has been acting in since September. Prior to that Mr Gillespie was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the group for a number of years. Board Chair, Jiang Longhua, said that […]
AGL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with battery recycling start-up, Renewable Metals, to jointly undertake a pre-feasibility study into developing a lithium battery recycling facility at AGL’s planned Hunter Energy Hub in NSW. The pre-feasibility study will outline key indicative project infrastructure and engineering requirements and identify regulatory approvals and licences necessary for the development, construction, and operation […]
GWMWater has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Vibe Energy to jointly deliver a renewable energy facility at Nhill, the utilities first venture into large scale energy generation. The facility, which includes a 2.75MW (6MWh) battery, is planned to be located off the Western Highway, behind the Nhill Trailer Exchange, and is expected to offset 70 per […]
AusNet has announced that construction on the Latrobe Valley Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project has commenced. Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, attended the official commencement of the project, which is to be delivered by AusNet and Tilt Renewables. AusNet Chief Executive Officer, David Smales, said the project is another great example of how AusNet and delivery […]
The Queensland Government has announced that a pilot water treatment plant is under construction downstream of Wyaralong Dam, as part of a project to connect the dam to the SEQ Water Grid. The project, which was outlined in the government’s Water Security Program 2023, is designed to bolster South East Queenslanders’ water security to cater for the region’s growing population. […]
The Western Australia State Government has announced it will provide $2.8 billion to secure the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant, Perth’s next major source of drinking water. Site works have now begun at the location for the future 100-billion-litre seawater desalination plant, heralding a significant milestone in its delivery. The new plant, supported using the state budget surplus, is set to […]
The Victorian Government is legislating its emissions reductions and renewable energy targets, making official the new Victorian renewable energy target of 95 per cent renewable energy generation by 2035. The new legislation is designed to drive down power bills, encourage investment into Victoria’s renewable energy industry and create tens of thousands of jobs. Victorian Minister for Climate Action, Lily D’Ambrosio, […]
More than 200 workers on the EnergyConnect project, Australia’s largest transmission project, will be housed in a self-contained camp that has opened at Lockhart in the Riverina. EnergyConnect will allow energy to be shared between New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria and enable the connection of more new renewable generation. Transgrid and construction partner Elecnor Australia are building the […]
Sydney Water has rolled out a $2 million pilot smart meter program, which has already reduced the average bill by $70 for residents across Liverpool, Beecroft, Bellevue Hill and Kenthurst, where 7,500 smart meters were installed. Residents saved 28,000L of water between April and November 2023 after Sydney Water sent 313 early leak detection notifications. Sydney Water’s Head of Customer […]
The Western Australian Minister for Mines, Petroleum and Energy, Bill Johnston, has announced that he will step down from Cabinet and that he will not contest the 2025 State Election. Mr Johnston was elected to Parliament representing Cannington in 2008 and has served as Mines and Petroleum Minister since 2017, overseeing record resources industry exports. As Energy Minister since 2018, […]
As its first investment since being recreated, the State Electricity Commission (SEC) is set to provide $245 million in funding to the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub near Melton – which is expected to store enough energy to power up to 200,00 homes during peak periods. This is the first investment from the SEC’s initial $1 billion towards building 4.5GW of […]
As part of the second phase of the $1 million Biosolids to Biochar project, South East Water is again partnering with RMIT, Intelligent Water Networks, Greater Western Water and Barwon Water to develop trials of a new pyrolysis technology (PYROCO). The project uses next generation pyrolysis technology to transform biosolids generated from wastewater treatment plants into biochar, a safe and […]
Urban Utilities is celebrating 100 years of one of the city’s most important pieces of essential infrastructure, the Luggage Point Sewage Treatment Plant. The world-class facility – today known as the Luggage Point Resource Recovery Centre – was officially opened on 23 November 1923. Urban Utilities Chief Executive Officer, Paul Arnold, said the plant was well ahead of its time […]
Melbourne Water has completed a pilot program using digital twin technology that facilitates the prediction of recycled water quality. The pilot program found that the digital twin technology had an accuracy rate of 75 per cent and has been used to forecast recycled water quality up to 48 hours in advance, providing valuable insights for water management and ensuring the […]
The Federal Government has reached an agreement with the Australian Greens to strengthen the Restoring Our Rivers Bill. The agreement includes an independent audit of water allocated to the environment throughout the Murray-Darling basin, $100 million allocated to help First Nations people to participate in the water market and allowing the Commonwealth Government power to cancel state-run water-saving infrastructure projects. […]
Barwon Water has announced that plans to upgrade the sewer pipeline between the Barwon River and the Barwon Heads pump station are progressing. Barwon Water Managing Director, Shaun Cumming, said the works were needed to prevent sewer spills in the future, protect the environment and maintain reliable sewerage services. “This pipeline is a very important piece of sewerage infrastructure, in […]
AGL has predicted that in order to meet the growing demand of the energy network it will need to spend over $1 billion on maintaining and upgrading its generation assets in the 2023-24 financial year. In addition, AGL is adding 300MW of new flexible generation into the National Electricity Market with the Torrens and Broken Hill batteries. Ahead of the […]
The Queensland State Government has secured a $4.5 million investment for a new Central Queensland regional water assessment (CQ RWA) from the National Water Grid Fund. The investment is part of $11.5 million that the State Government secured from the Federal Government for collaborative strategic planning work across Queensland. The CQ RWA is designed to ensure Queenslanders have safe, reliable […]
A new centralised solar farm and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is now in operation at Cue in Western Australia. Cue is the fourth regional Western Australian town to receive a centralised solar farm as part of Horizon Power’s Major Project’s Midwest Solar Program, following the successful completion of projects in Wiluna, Yalgoo and Sandstone. Horizon Power is installing centralised […]
Hydro Tasmania is undertaking a $30 million refurbishment of the Rowallan Power station in Northern Tasmania to ensure that it will continue to operate reliably and safely. The project – the latest improvement works undertaken by the company – is expected to be completed in 2024. Hydro Tasmania CEO, Ian Brooksbank, said the modernisation of the 55-year-old Rowallan Power Station […]
A $6.3 million upgrade of the water infrastructure in Katanning is set to shore up water security for residents in and around Kojonup, Western Australia. The project involved replacing 2.2km of pipeline from Pemble Street to Kojonup-Katanning Road, easing pressure on other supply infrastructure and reducing potential leaks. The upgraded main is part of a 40km conveyance pipeline, which runs […]
AGL is looking to develop and trial a price intensity forecasting tool that will support dynamic load flexing in the the commercial and industrial sectors, with the support of $864,000 in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). AGL’s $1.78 million project will initially recruit four Melbourne-based customer sites and utilise their price intensity forecasts to manage energy loads, […]
APA and Santos have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to determine the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipelines in South Australia. The scope of the MoU is to assess the potential to unlock decarbonisation opportunities by connecting heavy CO₂ emitters and/or CO₂ import locations to the Santos operated CCS facility in Moomba, South Australia via CCS pipelines. […]
The Federal and New South Wales Governments are partnering as part of the Federal Government’s Capacity Investment Scheme, announcing the successful bid of six major dispatchable energy projects across the state. The projects from this tender alone are equal to 8 per cent of the total 2022/23 New South Wales summer peak demand into the network at short notice – […]
The $568.9 million Rockwood Weir has finished construction, and is set to yield 86,000ML each year to boost economic growth, agricultural production and industry in Central Queensland. It is the largest weir completed in Australia since World War Two. It is also the largest piece of new water infrastructure delivered in Australia since the Queensland Government completed Wyaralong Dam in […]
Synergy has awarded the contract for the Western Australia Kwinana Battery Stage Two, which will include the commission and installation of approximately 300 battery container units and 72 inverters. GenusPlus Group has been granted the contract for the provision of the civil and electrical balance of plant works, as well as installation and commissioning of the battery container units and […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded $1.3 million in funding to the Parmelia Green Hydrogen Project – Feasibility Study on behalf of the Federal Government, which investigates the production and transportation of renewable hydrogen through a pre-existing natural gas pipeline in Perth. The funding is being provided to the APA Group (APA) and Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers […]
More than 450 industry stakeholders gathered in Queensland to attend the Powerlink Transmission Network Forum, which discussed key aspects of how Queensland’s future power system will take shape. The forum took place on 3 November 2023 and brought together renewable developers, industry, community and government representatives to share insights and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities associated with the energy […]
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