Renewable energy firm DP Energy has awarded $600m contracts to Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems and Australian engineering group Downer for the development of Stage 1 of the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park in South Australia.
Under the terms of the contract, Vestas will supply wind turbines for the first phase of the development, while Downer will supply solar energy components. Vestas will also deliver the control system, which will integrate the energy production of the solar and wind energy components.
Planned to be constructed in two stages, the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park is likely to become one of the largest hybrid renewable power stations in Australia.
The stage 1 of Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park involves construction of 375 MW facility, including approximately 220 MW of wind power and 150 MW of solar power.
The second stage will cover installation of additional 300 MW solar capacity in addition to 400 MW of battery storage capacity.
DP Energy CEO Simon De Pietro said: “A critically important component of our power station is the thermal wind generation capacity. The wind farm will be producing at maximum strength at the peak of local electricity demand.
“This will be further complemented by high levels of solar power generation. Matching supply with demand ensures maximum efficiency and reliability.”
Once completed, the project is likely to generate 1,000 GWh of electricity, ideal to power 200,000 households in South Australian. It will also decrease CO2 emissions of about 470,000 metric tonnes. Construction work is slated to commence in the second quarter of 2018.
The project is expected to create 250 jobs during the construction period.