NSW is a step closer to building the largest network battery in the southern hemisphere with more than 30 proposals received from around the globe.
Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean said this stage of the 700MW Waratah Super Battery process marks a significant milestone as the NSW Government rapidly moves ahead on the largest standby network battery in the southern hemisphere.
The battery will act as a “shock absorber” – absorbing any sudden power surges including those from a bushfire or lightning strike – to help secure the State’s energy future as part of the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.
Expressions of interest (EOI), which closed on Monday, asked for proposals on a suitable site with a focus on delivering core network service benefits while driving down costs.
The process will ensure the Waratah Super Battery will be in service well before the closure of the Eraring Power Station in 2025.
“This world class project will enhance network capacity and ensure generation across NSW can be transported to consumers in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong,” Mr Kean said.
“Storage technologies act as a shock absorber for the energy system, allowing for a more flexible and reliable grid. The Battery will ensure more energy from existing generators can be supplied to homes and businesses across NSW.”
A number of parties have shown interest in building the battery on NSW Government-owned land, including the former Munmorah Power Station site. The process is being run by EnergyCo and contracts are expected to be awarded later this year.