More than $1 billion has been awarded in contracts by the Western Australian Government for the Kwinana and Collie big battery storage systems.
Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) has been contracted to supply about 300 EnerC Plus, containerised liquid-cooling battery systems for Kwinana Battery Stage Two, and about 650 EnerC Plus for Collie.
Power Electronics will deliver 72 inverters for the Kwinana battery and 160 inverters for the Collie battery.
Kwinana Battery Stage Two will provide 200MW of power with 800MWh of energy storage. Construction started on Kwinana Battery Stage Two in June and is estimated for completion at the end of 2024, supporting 160 jobs.
The Collie battery will be the biggest in WA providing 500MW with 2,000MWh of storage. It will create about 500 jobs during the peak of construction.
The batteries will support more renewables by storing wind and solar energy generated during the day and delivering it back to the system during high-demand periods.
The contracts are part of the Western Australia Government’s $2.8 billion budget commitment to delivering renewable energy projects.
Western Australia Premier, Roger Cook, said “These contracts, worth more than $1 billion, represent a major and important investment by our Government into WA’s cleaner, reliable and affordable energy future.
“Battery energy storage systems will play a key role in our decarbonisation plans, storing excess renewable energy generated in the day and discharging during times of high demand.
“We’re putting Western Australia on the path to becoming a global green energy superpower, which is good for jobs, good for the environment, and will keep our economy strong into the future.”
Featured image: Kwinana Battery Stage 2 artists impression