The Territory Labor Government knows that investing in renewables delivers clean, affordable and reliable energy for Territorians, attracts new private investment and creates more local jobs.
A construction milestone has been reached for the Territorys $45 million big battery known as the Darwin-Katherine Battery Energy Storage System (DK BESS) with civil and building works now complete. Hitachi Energy has mobilised to site at Territory Generations Channel Island Power Station to carry out the next phase of construction.
Hitachi Energy is delivering the build of the battery, with local companies City Earthmoving Pty Ltd and T&M Concreters having carried out the civil and foundation works for the project.
Works have started on the new 132/11.5kV power transformer. A new dedicated switchroom is under construction and the first tranche of inverter enclosures have been installed on site.
The 35MVA battery is expected to deliver cost savings of around $9.8 million per year, paying for itself within approximately five years from connection to the grid. It will also reduce emissions by about 58,000 tonnes per annum.
The Darwin and Katherine Electricity System provides energy to 150,000 Territorians, and the DK BESS is the first significant step towards reducing the use of gas generators for the system.
Delivering a BESS for the Darwin-Katherine electricity grid is a major part of the Darwin-Katherine Electricity System Plan, and fits into the Governments Ready stage of the plan. It is also a cornerstone investment of Territory Generations Fleet Transition.