GOAT HILL GREEN LIT
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.
The Goat Hill pumped hydro project site, 12km west of Port Augusta.