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EDL wins contract to build hybrid power plant for Jabiru

15 Feb 2021 4:49 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

GLOBAL energy producer EDL has announced plans to build, own and operate a hybrid power plant for the off-grid Northern Territory town of Jabiru.

The company has won a contract to build the new power station, as the nearby Ranger Uranium Mine operated by Energy Resources Australia, which up until now powered the town, winds down. 

The Territory government held a tender for energy providers to power the town with at least 50% renewables. 

The project will consist of 3.9MW of solar combined with a 3MW/5MWh battery and a 4.5MW diesel generation to balance it out.

"EDL began more than 30 years ago with the development of the Pine Creek Power Station in the Northern Territory, and we're very proud to continue our commitment to the Territory with Jabiru being our 100th site world-wide," EDL CEO James Harman said. 

"Once completed, our hybrid renewable power station will provide Jabiru with at least 50% renewable energy over the longer term, without compromising power quality or reliability." 

Construction is expected to being shortly, with the diesel power station to be complete by the end of the year, and the solar and battery farm to be online by early 2022. 

EDL has been making a name for itself in off-grid hybrid energy hubs - in December the company's Agnew Hybrid Renewable Project in Western Australia won the Engineering Solution of the Year prize at the 2020 Global Energy Awards. 

The 56MW microgrid at GoldFields Agnew Gold Mine incorporates wind, solar and gas and battery storage. 

Source: Energy News Bulletin

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