About the Cultana Pumped Hydro Project
In early 2017, EnergyAustralia and its Consortium partners Arup Group and Melbourne Energy Institute were awarded $453,000 by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to partially fund a feasibility study for a new pumped hydro energy storage project using sea water. The potential site is located on the Spencer Gulf near Port Augusta in South Australia.
The study is investigating the engineering and economic feasibility of building a pumped hydro energy storage facility with a capacity of between 100 and 250 megawatts (MW) in this location.
The feasibility study will be complete by late 2017. If it indicates that the project is potentially viable, the project will progress to a more detailed phase of feasibility, including detailed engineering design work, a complete environmental impact assessment, grid connection and land access arrangements. Ongoing consultation with all stakeholder groups will continue to ensure any potential concerns or issues can be appropriately addressed.
Once all approvals are in place and the detailed engineering is completed, EnergyAustralia will be able to make a final investment decision on the project. This is expected to occur towards the end of 2018.
EnergyAustralia has been liaising with the Port Augusta Council since the commencement of the feasibility study and in August 2017, the project facilitated a Community Information Session in Port Augusta. This provided the opportunity for project partners to meet with the local community and key stakeholders to listen to their initial views on the project.
We will continue to work with the local community and seek to proactively engage stakeholders as we determine next steps.
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