Pacific Energy Ltd subsidiary Contract Power Australia has signed a contract to build Western Australia’s largest network integrated Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary Pilbara Energy (Generation) Pty Ltd. Under the contract, Contract Power will design, construct, test, install and commission two BESS units as part of Fortescue’s integrated power network in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The BESS units will be integrated with a transmission network being built by Fortescue to distribute electricity mainly for critical infrastructure support from new gas and solar power facilities to Fortescue’s Pilbara mine sites. The two batteries (42 MW in total) will produce 13 MWh of energy storage.
This is the second major contract awarded to Contract Power by Fortescue as part of their Pilbara Energy Connect program and follows the award in July 2020 of a major contract to construct the gas-fuelled power station component of the project. “We thank Fortescue for their continuing confidence and look forward to delivering a world class product, building on our relationship with Fortescue which reaches back to 2007,” said Pacific Energy Chief Executive Officer Jamie Cullen. “This latest award is a significant endorsement of our Group’s capabilities and credentials across all forms of traditional and renewable generation, in both remote and network connected energy generation and storage.”
A large portion of the work will be performed by Pacific Energy owned subsidiary Hybrid Systems Australia. Executive Director of Hybrid Systems Australia, Michael Hall, said that the long-standing remote generation experience of Contract Power combined with Hybrid Systems’ industry leading BESS deployment and network integration expertise demonstrated the industry capabilities that exist within Western Australia and Australia to deliver world class projects.
He added, “Working with our key suppliers, Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Kokam, we will be bringing together key components from two highly regarded specialist equipment suppliers to deliver an end solution for Fortescue which will become the largest network connected BESS in Western Australia and is among the world’s largest to be developed for an industrial application.”