Clearing works have been completed, advancing construction of Jabiru’s new power station in the Northern Territory to the next stage.
The project is part of the Northern Territory Government’s $135.5 million commitment to the Future of Jabiru and Kakadu.
The new hybrid power station will deliver at least 50 per cent of its electricity over its lifetime from its 3.9MW megawatt solar array.
The new power station is being constructed and operated by Energy Developments (EDL), a global leader in remote renewables, and it will meet the State Government’s targets of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
During the land clearing process, local Djurrubu Rangers were employed to assist with cultural heritage management and environmental protection during site clearing and preparation.
The clearing work provided a great opportunity for EDL and contractors to work with Traditional Owners.
Construction works are now underway, with the diesel generators scheduled to come online by the end of 2021 and the solar farm in early 2022.
Having spent $1.75 million with local businesses to date, the project is expected to continue to create jobs and business opportunities across the territory.
Once completed, works will ensure secure, reliable and affordable electricity for Jabiru businesses and residents.
The power station is expected to be up and running by the end of 2021, and fully commissioned by February 2022.