GOAT HILL GREEN LIT

The Australian Energy Review - - FRONT PAGE - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI SOUTH AUS­TRALIA

DELTA Elec­tric­ity and project part­ner Al­tura Group have re­ceived the green light to be­gin con­struc­tion at their $410 mil­lion Goat Hill pumped hy­dro project near Port Au­gusta. The 230 megawatt (MW) project is one of four pumped hy­dro de­vel­op­ments that won State fund­ing ear­lier this year, which in­cluded $4.7m to put towards de­vel­op­ment phase ac­tiv­i­ties. The project has now ob­tained all nec­es­sary State Gov­ern­ment ap­provals to be­gin de­vel­op­ment, and could be op­er­a­tional as early as 2020. Delta man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Greg Everett said Goat Hill was “the right so­lu­tion for South Aus­tralia”, and with work un­der­way for de­tailed plant de­sign and con­struc­tion con­tract­ing, it will be “shovel ready” be­fore com­pet­ing projects in the State. “Goat Hill is an im­por­tant part of the Delta de­vel­op­ment story and grant­ing of de­vel­op­ment ap­proval takes us one step fur­ther along that path”, Mr Everett said. “With the growth of re­new­ables and a re­liance on high cost gas gen­er­a­tion, South Aus­tralians will ben­e­fit from the com­ple­men­tary, re­li­able and af­ford­able en­ergy stor­age that pumped hy­dro will pro­vide. “Goat Hill is a world-class en­ergy so­lu­tion that will be able to pump and store en­ergy when re­new­able en­ergy is abun­dant and will gen­er­ate 230MW of elec­tric­ity for up to eight hours when there is a need for re­li­able, on-de­mand dis­patch­able en­ergy.” Project de­vel­oper Al­tura Group said it had al­ready en­gaged SNC Lavalin, WBHO and SRG, us­ing GE tech­nol­ogy, on an early con­trac­tor in­volve­ment ba­sis, and work was “pro­gress­ing well”. “The sup­port of the South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment, lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the com­mu­nity and busi­ness part­ners has been vi­tal in the project reach­ing this im­por­tant project mile­stone,” Al­tura stated. “Al­tura Group and project part­ner Delta Elec­tric­ity look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work to­ward bring­ing this ex­cit­ing new project to South Aus­tralia.” The project is ex­pected to cre­ate about 200 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion.

Im­age: Al­tura Group.

The Goat Hill pumped hy­dro project site, 12km west of Port Au­gusta.

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