AGL to build 850 MW of battery storage, including at Liddell
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Australian utility AGL Energy Ltd (ASX:AGL) on Friday said it has filed a scoping report for a grid-scale battery storage facility at the site of the Liddell coal power plant in New South Wales.
The company aims to have 850 MW of grid-scale batteries in the fiscal year through June 2024, up from 30 MW today. In addition to the energy storage project in Liddell, which will have a capacity of up to 500 MW, AGL said it is also preparing the planning applications for a battery in Adelaide, connected to the Torrens Island Power Station.
“Battery storage is critical to enhance the energy system’s flexibility and support the ongoing integration of renewable sources to the NEM,” said AGL COO Markus Brokhof.
Select suppliers have already been to tender for the procurement of the batteries the company will need to meet its 850-MW energy storage goal.
Separately from the planned new projects, AGL has 15-year contracts with Australian group Maoneng for 200 MW/400 MWh of battery storage capacity in New South Wales and with Vena Energy Australia for 100 MW/150 MWh at Wandoan in Queensland. It also leases a 30 MW/8 MWh battery adjacent to ElectraNet’s Dalrymple substation.