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New solar thermal power contract awarded

The South Australian Government has awarded the contract for construction of a 150 megawatt solar thermal power station with eight hours of energy storage near the town of Port Augusta as part of its plan to procure 25 per cent of its electricity load from dispatchable renewable energy providers and drive innovation in storage. SolarReserve was […]

Unitywater extends partnership with TaKaDu

Unitywater has signed a contract with an IoT software company to extend their partnership by three years  to continue optimising its network efficiency, improve customer service, and reduce water loss. The water and sewerage service provider, based in South East Queensland, has implemented TaKaDu’s system across 90 per cent of its network, previously preventing billions […]

Spencer Street Sewer Upgrade contract awarded

City West Water has awarded the contract for the $24 million Spencer Street Sewer Upgrade project in Melbourne. Quinn Civil will design and install a gravity sewer along Spencer Street from Little Lonsdale Street to Flinders Lane in Melbourne. The project involves approximately 740m of 400mm and 1400mm diameter gravity sewer. The Spencer Street Upgrade […]

Expansion of fixed wireless broadband continues

34 new NBN sites are due to go live in August 2017 across Australia, adding to the existing network of 1700 fixed wireless towers. The news sites are located in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. Minister for Regional Communications, Fiona Nash, welcomed the continued momentum of the NBN fixed wireless […]

Preferred site for gas import jetty and pipeline announced

AGL has announced Crib Point (Western Port) in Victoria as the preferred site for a gas import jetty and pipeline to increase energy security and supply for customers in south eastern Australia. Crib Point is best placed to serve Victoria, Australia’s largest gas market, as well as take advantage of the existing pipeline network, industrial […]

Innovative trial to evolve traditional electricity market

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and South Australia’s Hornsdale Stage 2 Wind Farm are collaborating to trial whether a wind farm can provide important power system stability services. Hornsdale Stage 2 has been developed by French renewable energy company Neoen in conjunction with international infrastructure investor, John Laing. […]

New rock reamer to power through sewerage pipeline

A new rock reamer will be used to build a new 2.5km sewerage pipeline that will service the southern end of the Sunshine Coast. The project is one of two new major sewerage pipelines Pipeline Drillers is constructing on behalf of Unitywater. The other pipeline will be 3.2km from Mountain Creek under Kawana Way to […]

5,000 potential pumped hydro sites identified

Research conducted by the Australian National University (ANU) has identified around 5,000 potentially suitable pumped hydro storage sites in Queensland, Tasmania, the Canberra district, and in and around Alice Springs. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $449,000 support for the ANU-led study, aiming to develop a nation-wide atlas of potential off-river pumped hydro […]

Queensland power station to go back on line

The Queensland Government is getting ready to restart Swanbank E power station, securing gas and starting to recruit staff in an attempt to generate more electricity for queenslanders. Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, told State Parliament the 385MW Swanbank E power station, which was mothballed in 2014 and dismissed 25 staff, would restart by the end of […]

Power-to-gas trial in SA

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided $5 million in funding to a Wollongong-based company  to develop and trial a new technology which could see excess renewable energy stored in the gas grid and used to decarbonise Australia’s gas supply. AquaHydrex will commercially develop its new class of electrolyser that produces cheap hydrogen from […]

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