The $20 billion Sun Cable venture has reached a milestone with the award of a subsea survey contract, bringing the project a step closer to supplying solar power to Singapore.

The subsea survey contract for the 3800km route for the electricity interconnector was awarded to Western Australian company Guardian Geomatics, who will commence the project, which is expected to take about a year, shortly.

Guardian Geomatics Commercial Director, Steve Duffield, said, “Guardian Geomatics are always on the lookout for opportunities to improve our footprint and sustainability – this project is a step in the right direction and something we are very proud of.” 

The Sun Cable plan involves a huge battery storage farm in the Northern Territory. The renewable electricity will then be dispatched to Darwin, Singapore and Indonesia. 

The 3800km high voltage direct current submarine cable transmission route that Guardian Geomatics is surveying will provide critical data for the cable route between Darwin and Singapore.

Sun Cable CEO and Founder, David Griffin said, “Sun Cable is thrilled to have engaged Guardian Geomatics to undertake this critical survey work. They are performing work that will be critical to the success of the Australia-ASEAN Power Link.”

The Northern Territory Government included the project in its recently released green paper for the economic revival of the territory.

Sun Cable also recently secured environmental clearance for the huge battery near Darwin that it is aiming to install ahead of the mega-cable, and is aiming to get the final green-light for construction in early 2021.

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