neon Seeking approval for development Construction of a large battery storage system of up to 1,000 megawatts / 4,000 megawatts per hour near the western Australian coal town of Cole.
Neoen says it is seeking approval from the Shire of Collie and the Joint Regional Development Assessment Committee (JDAP) to build a 200MW/800MWh “Collie Battery” in phases “as needed” to meet energy storage demand in the region.
The documents say that the first stage of the 200MW/400MWh Cooley Battery, on its own, will have the theoretical capacity to power 260,000 homes for an hour, while also preparing to “pump power into the grid in the event of a power shortage.” Other generators.
Plans for the large Colley battery follow the Western Australian Labor Government’s announcement in July that it will shut down Washington state’s remaining coal-fired generators, Moga and Cooley power plants, by 2030.
Prime Minister of Western Australia, Mark McGowansays the Collie power plant will close in 2027, to be replaced by A$3.8 billion in new investment in renewable energy infrastructure, including new storage projects.
Greater energy security
Neoen says that Collie’s proposed battery, which will connect to Western poweraims to “support greater energy security” for the grid in the region, as well as the transition of the city’s economy to more diversified and innovative industries.
This project is a significant investment in energy infrastructure in the Shire of Collie. It will contribute to the region’s economy at a time when the closure of the Moja and Koli power plants is announced for the years 2027 and 2029, respectively.
“There is great potential for the project to address interruptions in power supplies due to the ability of large-scale battery installations to respond quickly to fluctuations in the network,” the application documentation says.
“The project will also support the country’s goals to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and do so through the use of disturbed and cleared land adjacent to existing energy infrastructure.”
The company expects that the phased construction of the mega battery plant will create approximately 150 direct jobs over 12 to 24 months of construction, in addition to up to four continuous jobs in the first phase and up to eight continuous jobs in the second phase – the final operational phase of the 1,000 MW project. / 4000 megawatt-hours.
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