CPP awarded contract to build Yorke Peninsula battery

The construction of ElectraNet’s 30MW large-scale battery at Dalrymple substation on the Yorke Peninsula will be completed by Adelaide company Consolidated Power Projects (CPP).

CPP will work with international power company ABB and battery provider Samsung to deliver the project.

The $30 million battery, expected to be connected to the grid by May next year, is the second phase of the Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) project.

It is going ahead with $12 million of funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Phase one of the project consisted of a study into the potential for energy storage to benefit the South Australian network.

ElectraNet chief executive Steve Masters said the project demonstrates an exciting turning point for the company and industry.

“The South Australian energy mix and landscape has significantly changed in recent years and this project will help the state to adapt to this change,” Mr Masters said

“The battery will demonstrate how energy storage can strengthen the grid and improve reliability for the lower Yorke Peninsula.

“It will work with AGL’s existing 90MW Wattle Point Wind Farm and rooftop solar PV to provide back-up power in the event of any interruption to supply from the grid until the grid is restored.

“These learnings will be applicable in the future to other potential grid locations.”

Following construction, ElectraNet will lease operation of the battery to energy retail operator AGL who will use the battery to provide competitive market services.

“We’re pleased to be part of a project that will demonstrate how a battery of this scale can help firm renewables and provide more dispatchable power for South Australian energy consumers,” AGL executive general manager Doug Jackson said.