Chichester Solar Gas Hybrid Project (CSGHP)
APA Group owns and operates the 60MW Chichester Solar Photovoltaic (PV) generation facility and interconnecting transmission line network, which supplies zero emission renewable energy for large mining customers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Network infrastructure operating prior to CSGHP
New infrastructure added to the network due to CSGHP
Owner, operator APA Group
Project name Chichester Solar Gas Hybrid Project
Location Pilbara, Western Australia
Project commencement 2020
Project operational 2021
Generating capacity (solar) 60MW
Battery Energy Storage System Max output 35MW
Battery Energy Storage System capacity 11.4 MWh
Hybrid energy supply for iron ore operations
APA powers the Chichester Hub iron ore operations with renewable energy, up to 100% of it's daytime operational demand.
The project consists of:
- a new 60MW solar photovoltaic (PV) generation facility at the Chichester Hub iron ore operations
- a ~60-kilometre transmission line linking the Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mining operations with APA's Newman gas-fired power station and 35MW battery facility.
Government support towards cleaner, more affordable, and connected energy supply
On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided funding support of $24.2 million for the Project as part of its Advancing Renewables Program. The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has also provided a loan of approximately $90 million for the Project. The operation of the 60MW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) generation facility and interconnecting transmission line network is expected to displace approximately 100 million litres of diesel generation annually.
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