WA Electricity Industry Weekly News Roundup: 23 November 2020 – 29 November 2020

Headlines

ADCO wins $50m Western Power build [24/11/2020]

ADCO has been contracted to build Western Power’s new Forrestdale hub, which will house 850 operational and service employees.

Japanese owner of WA’s Bluewaters coal plant reports worst ever loss in face of energy transition [25/11/2020]

The Sumitomo Corporation has reported a stunning ¥26bn (US$251m) loss on its Western Australian Bluewaters coal fired power investment. The loss assures the company’s worst ever annual performance and comes as a result of international and financial pressure against coal funding.

W.A. mine becomes first to run on solar and battery only during daylight hours [25/11/2020]

An open-cut kaolin clay mine and geological waste repository in Western Australia’s Goldfields-Esperance region is being powered by renewable energy only during daylight hours, thanks to a solar and battery storage system custom built for the project through a power purchase agreement – and without any subsidies.

Goldfields to get a share of Perth basin gas with new $460 million pipeline [25/11/2020]

Gas infrastructure group APA has pulled the trigger on a new $460 million, 580-kilometre pipeline that will connect Perth basin onshore gas projects in the Mid West with the Goldfields region.

ARENA announces hydrogen microgrid funding [27/11/2020]

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $2.6 million in funding for Australia’s first remote microgrid using renewable hydrogen generation in Western Australia.

WA town to test hydrogen plant [27/11/2020]

Construction of a hydrogen plant that will have enough energy to power 100 homes in the coastal town of Denham has been approved by the federal government.

WA to test world-first hydrogen-powered microgrid in Denham [27/11/2020]

Western Australia will test a world-first hydrogen-powered microgrid after a new project was approved 800km north-west of Perth — a move that will create dozens of jobs in the remote area.

Australia’s first remote, renewable hydrogen microgrid wins ARENA backing [27/11/2020]

Horizon Power plans to build Australia’s first remote microgrid using renewable hydrogen generation in the Western Australia coastal town of Denham have won the backing of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Announcements

WA Government: Western Power’s biggest depot to create 1,100 jobs [24/11/2020]

Energy Minister Bill Johnston today announced local company ADCO as the lead contractor to build Western Power’s $50 million South-Metro depot in Forrestdale.

APA: WA gas grid with new northern goldfields interconnect pipeline [25/11/2020]

APA Group (ASX: APA), today announced an investment of up to $460 million to construct a new 580-kilometre, 12-inch pipeline in Western Australia to connect emerging gas fields in the Perth Basin to the resource rich Goldfields region, forming an interconnected WA Gas Grid.

EPWA: Ability for Western Power to deploy Stand-alone Power Systems (SPS) in its distribution licence area [26/11/2020]

The Minister for Energy has given approval for regulations to be made under section 43(3) of the Electricity Corporations Act 2005 (Corporations Act). The Electricity Corporations (Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation Area of Operation) Amendment Regulations 2020 have been drafted to enable Western Power to provide SPS as a network replacement service.

WA Government: Denham renewable hydrogen microgrid an Australian-first [27/11/2020]

Australia’s first remote microgrid using renewable hydrogen generation is becoming a reality as the Morrison and McGowan Governments support the trial of new energy technologies in remote Western Australia. The project will be a first-of-its-kind demonstration that will utilise solar and renewable hydrogen generation and storage to provide 526 MWh per annum of dispatchable renewable electricity, enough to power 100 residential homes.

Horizon Power: An Australian first to power Denham [27/11/2020]

Horizon Power is helping lead Australia’s energy transition with a move towards greater adoption of renewable energy through a commitment to build Australia’s first renewable hydrogen demonstration plant in Denham, Western Australia.

Publications

WA Electricity Consultative Forum (WAECF) 28 Meeting Pack [25/11/2020]

Information Paper: Ability for Western Power to deploy Stand-alone Power Systems (SPS) in its distribution licence area [26/11/2020]

Electricity Corporations (Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation Area of Operation) Amendment Regulations 2020 [26/11/2020]

WEM Reform Implementation Group (WRIG) Meeting 7 [26/11/2020]

a) Meeting Slides

b) Generator Monitoring Plans and Testing and Verification Mechanism

c) Requirements for Existing Transmission Connected Generating Systems

d) Generator Model Submission & Maintenance​

e) The Synergy WEM Market Readiness (WEMMR) program

Consultations

Stand-alone Power Systems (SPS) Information Paper and Regulations – Open till 17/12/2020