New reports by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and Australian Competition and Consumer Competition (ACCC) have predicted gas supply shortages will be considerably higher for eastern and south-eastern Australia than what was estimated six months ago. The AEMO’s update to the 2017 Gas Statement of Opportunities, and ACCC’s Gas Inquiry 2017-20 Interim Report focus on likely supply and demand […]
Two feasibility studies into expanding two hydro-electric power stations in Tasmania, and exploring the potential to develop significant pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) have received $2.5 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The studies will look into the feasibility and locations for pumped hydro energy storage, the redevelopment of the power scheme at Tarraleah, and potential […]
nbn has developed an initiative that will leverage big data, machine learning and existing capabilities to improve NBN end-user experience and help resolve issues faster. When faults occur, nbn’s Tech Lab will help the team determine whether a fault can be dealt with remotely and immediately or whether a field technician needs to visit an end-user home to resolve the […]
An Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funded study by the Australian National University (ANU) has identified over 22,000 sites across Australia with the potential for pumped hydro energy storage, which can be used to support a secure and cheap national electricity grid with 100 per cent renewable energy. The zero-emissions grid would mainly rely on wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) […]
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with AGL executives in Canberra to discuss the future of the Liddell Power Station. While AGL plans to close the plant in 2020, the government is trying to keep it open for a further five years passed its scheduled closure in order to maintain stability in the electricity grid. Following the meeting, AGL committed to […]
The Western Australia Government has committed $12.75 million to rural water projects over the next three years to support regional communities in areas of low rainfall. More than $4 million will contribute to new or upgraded non-potable water supplies in rural towns and on farms, fulfilling all approved commitments under the Watering Western Australia Towns and Farms programs. This includes […]
Each year, Sydney Water reuses 100 per cent (180,000 tonnes) of biosolids produced, with a majority used on farms being incorporated into the soil. The vast majority of biosolids collected from 23 of its wastewater treatment plants across Greater Sydney is trucked to broadacre farms in the Central West and South West of NSW with the remainder used for mine […]
Melbourne Water reports that following below average rainfall this winter, water storage is below the desired level. Melbourne’s water storages have risen by just 2.3 per cent, or 41 billion litres, over winter following rainfall 12.9 per cent below the 30-year average, and runoff into storages 35 per cent below average. As of 31 August 2017, Melbourne’s water storages were […]
A Far North Queensland company has been awarded a tender to install a rooftop solar farm in the remote indigenous community at Lockhart River. Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni, said Cairns renewable energy specialist Australian Sustainable Energy (ASE) has been awarded the contract to install the solar farm on government-owned buildings. Mr de Brenni said the […]
SA Water is using acoustic detectors as part of its innovative data capture program which aims to help reduce broken mains and locate abnormalities in water pipes under Adelaide’s CBD, with early results of the program to be released in October 2017. Since July 2017, a $4 million smart network has been monitoring water mains in Adelaide’s CBD, sending data […]
Former senior water bureaucrat, Ken Matthews, has released an independent interim report into New South Wales’ water management and compliance of the Barwon-Darling River system. The investigation was commissioned on 2 August 2017, following the broadcast on 24 July of a Four Corners program that presented allegations of widespread non-compliance with NSW water law at the Barwon-Darling River system. Mr […]
SA Water will install new odour control equipment at the Port Adelaide Wastewater Pump Station in West Lakes. The odour management system will provide a long-term, permanent solution to minimise odours from the natural by-products of sewage that have emanated from the pump station. A tender for the new system will soon be issued, with the replacement work planned to […]
The Swanbank E Power Station near Ipswich will start supplying power again on 1 January 2018, after Queensland Government-owned corporation Stanwell finalised an agreement for the supply of gas with Shell Australia. Treasurer and Acting Minister for Energy, Curtis Pitt, said the Queensland Government’s $1.16 billion Powering Queensland Plan, which includes returning Swanbank E to service, will help ensure security […]
Energy Queensland is partnering with global energy-tech company GreenSync to create Australia’s biggest ‘virtual power plant’. Treasurer, Curtis Pitt, said the virtual power plant was a cloud-based, load control system created to manage extreme electricity demand during severe temperature events. “This virtual power plant system will have a positive impact on the affordability, reliability and sustainability of electricity supply during […]
$175 million dollars’ worth of major water and sewerage projects are currently underway in Brisbane, including a new trunk sewer main, two new cross-river pipelines, and an upgrade to the city’s oldest and largest sewer pipe. Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson Sally Prosser said the projects span the city and cater for hundreds of jobs. “We’ve always got major capital works […]
A new $1.4 million water treatment plant at Queensland’s Palm Island has been completed, and will supply residents with reliable, quality water. Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner, said the water treatment plant would improve health and living conditions for the community now and into the future. “The government invested close to $1.3 […]
The Queensland Government will implement Australia’s first whole-government drone strategy to address the business opportunities and regulatory challenges for the drone industry. Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, released the consultation paper on the future of drone technology in Queensland. The Premier is encouraging all Queenslanders to have their say on the Queensland Drones Strategy Consultation Paper, to help direct future policy and […]
nbn has released its Corporate Plan 2018-2021, revealing new operational targets and expectations for the next four years. nbn end-of-rollout targets include: nbn has reported it remains on track with its rollout target to complete the network build in 2020 within $49 billion peak funding Geospatial mapping accuracy predicts 300,000 fewer premises in existence in Australia, resulting in an expected […]
The South Australian Government is calling for three next generation renewable energy projects that will deliver clean, reliable and affordable power as part of the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund. The Renewable Technology Fund was launched in March 2017 as part of the South Australian Power for South Australians energy plan. The fund comprises $75 million in grant funding and […]
A pre-feasibility study has found it is technically viable to export solar energy from the Pilbara to the ASEAN region and could be the next big energy export for Western Australia. A large-scale solar export project could create up to 2,000 jobs in the Pilbara, helping to diversify the region’s economy. The Pilbara has one of the highest levels of […]
AGL has agreed to sell North Queensland gas assets to a consortium. The consortium includes Chinese gas distribution company Shandong Order Gas, and Australian energy investment company Orient Energy. The assets comprise AGL’s 50 per cent interest in each of the Moranbah Gas Project Joint Venture (MGPJV) and the North Queensland Energy Joint Venture (NQEJV), and AGL’s participation rights in the […]
SA Water’s Morgan Water Treatment Plant will receive a $15 million upgrade to help meet demand and improve water quality for more than 130,000 customers. The project has been contracted to Leed Engineering and Construction who will begin construction in late 2017 and will employ around 20 people for the duration of work. Work will include the construction of a […]
nbn has reached another significant rollout milestone with six million homes and businesses now able to connect to the NBN. The Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC, also known previously as pay TV cable) deployments are driving the increased rollout pace with the two technologies now serving more than half of the six million premises able to connect to […]
Preliminary survey works have begun in areas of Heathcote as part of Coliban Water’s $5.8 million Heathcote Sewer Scheme Project. General Manager Service Delivery and Infrastructure, Neville Pearce, said residents in affected areas received formal notification in early August 2017 about the proposed alignment and survey works. “We have been speaking directly with residents in the areas identified that will […]
An inaugural ranking recognising the top 50 women in the Victorian Public Sector has been released, acknowledging exceptional female leaders building high performing teams and transforming their communities. Among the women recognised in the Top 50 Public Sector Women (VIC), undertaken by recruitment and HR consulting firm Davidson, includes City West Water’s People and Capability General Manager, Louise Meadows; and Melbourne […]
Yarra Valley Water will soon begin work on finding a suitable location in the Doncaster Hill area for the construction of a treatment plant which will produce recycled water. To support finding a site, Yarra Valley Water has established an independent expert panel to guide public engagement on this issue in September 2017. The public engagement will involve proposing several […]
In its recently released July 2017 LNG report, Energy Quest reported Australian LNG shipments jumped to a record 5.4 million tonnes (81 cargoes), up from 4.9 million tonnes in June 2017. Two Western Australian projects led the charge for the increase with Gorgon increasing its shipments to 1.4 million tonnes, while North West Shelf (NWS) shipped to 1.5 million tonnes. […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is contributing $12 million towards a new large-scale battery being built at the Dalrymple substation on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia that will demonstrate how energy storage can strengthen the grid and its potential to lower energy prices. ARENA CEO, Ivor Frischknecht, said the battery – the second phase of the Energy Storage […]
nbn has announced it has exceeded its three core targets for the 2017 financial year. Over 12 months ending June 30 2017, nbn reported it almost doubled the amount of premises ready for service, increased the number of homes and businesses with an active NBN service by 1.3 million, and grew its revenue from $421 million to $1billion. nbn remains […]
The Federal Government has announced funding support for the $155.6 million Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) which will create an estimated 3700 jobs and add more than $500 million a year to the state’s economy. Funding has been secured through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF) for the NAIS, which adds to $110 million committed by the State Government […]
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