UGL, a subsidiary of Australian contractor Cimic, has been appointed by French energy company Neoen to install high voltage infrastructure at the 1,500ha Western Downs Green Power Hub in Queensland, 250km west of Brisbane.
UGL will connect a Tesla-supplied battery energy storage system alongside Western Downs’ 460MW solar farm, currently nearing completion. This will allow stored energy to be transmitted into the national grid by the end of 2024.
The Western Downs battery will modernise and stabilise the Queensland grid, supporting its frequency regulation and its transmission network.
The project is partially funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s Large Scale Battery Storage Funding Round.
The hub will be Neoen’s fourth battery storage facility in Australian, and brings its portfolio to 776MW in operation or under construction.
Juan Santamaria, Cimic Group’s executive chairman, said: “Cimic is actively pursuing the emerging opportunities driven by the energy transition and we’re proud to again work with Neoen. Battery systems provide critical grid support services, improving the reliability of energy supply for many Australians.”