Synergy has awarded the $160 million contract for the delivery of civil, electrical and major equipment installation works for the Collie Battery Energy Storage System (CBESS1) to a Perth contractor. 

SCEE Electrical has received the contract and will undertake works which will include installing and commissioning approximately 640 battery container units, 160 inverters and 220km of high-voltage cabling, as well as managing a laydown facility at the Port of Bunbury.

CBESS1, which will have a 500MW/2,000MWh capacity, will be one of the biggest in the world when complete, and is scheduled to come online in late-2025.

The project is expected to create up to 500 jobs at the peak of construction.

CBESS1 is the third battery being delivered by Synergy on behalf of the Western Australian Government, with Kwinana Battery Stage One already operating and Kwinana Battery Stage Two under construction and due for completion later in 2024.

Western Australian Minister for Energy, Reece Whitby, said that this contract will mean more jobs for Western Australians and be of great benefit to the local economy.

“Synergy’s Collie battery will be a major piece of infrastructure when complete and will play a critical role in Western Australia achieving net zero emissions by 2050,” Mr Whitby said. 

Member for Collie-Preston, Jodie Hanns, said that this Big Battery project will ensure Collie remains vital to the ongoing energy needs of Western Australians. 

“Collie has played an important role in the energy sector over the past century and will continue to be at the heart of the energy system well into the future.”

Featured image: An aerial view of the project site combined with a digital render of the completed battery system. Image credit: Synergy.

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