PORT AUGUSTA PROJECT

Port Augusta: our first big renewables project in the Australian market

Iberdrola gets down to business in Australia with the construction of its first renewable energy project after the acquisition of Infigen Energy, one of the country's key developers of renewable energy projects. Located in South Australia, Port Augusta is thus far its first solar-wind hybrid plant in the world, with an investment of A$ 500 million (over EUR 310 million).

Location
South Australia (Australia)

Total installed capacity
317 MW (210 wind + 107 photovoltaic)

No. wind turbines
50 of 4.2 MW

Number of solar panels
250,000

Investment
500 million Australian dollars

Commissioning
End of 2021

Port Augusta
project

This renewable facility will combine 210 MW wind with 107 MW photovoltaic technologies and once in operation it will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 180,000 Australian homes per year.

The last of 50 VESTAS V150 wind turbines is now installed, with a unit power output of 4.2 MW, and work is progressing with the solar farm, which will have almost 250,000 solar panels, as well as the construction of the substation and power evacuation line.

The construction of Port Augusta will generate 200 jobs until the project is commissioned by the end of 2021, and around 20 full-time throughout their useful life. Thus, Iberdrola also contributes to foster a green economy in Australia that promotes economic reactivation and employment in the post-COVID world.

What's more, the renewable electricity supply will reduce electricity prices for consumers and contribute to decarbonising the economy in South Australia.

The project, which involves global, Australian and Spanish suppliers, is already contributing to the revitalization of industry. The Spanish Elecnor will deliver the plant's substation and the transmission line, as well as the storage areas and access roads. Vestas, for its part, will manufacture and install the 50 wind turbines with a unit capacity of 4.2 MW. Longi will supply the nearly 250,000 solar panels for the photovoltaic plant and Sterling & Wilson will be in charge of their construction.

LEADERS IN THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET

With its entry into Australia, Iberdrola advances in its diversification process and positions itself in markets with great renewable energy potential.

Following the acquisition of Infigen Energy, Australia has become one of the major growth platforms for Iberdrola. The group has become one of the leaders in the Australian market, where it now operates more than 800 MW of owned and contracted solar, wind and battery storage capacity, with 453 MW under construction (including Port Augusta) and a project pipeline of over 1,000 MW in different development stages.