Naturgy cuts ribbon at 10-MW/20-MWh BESS in Australia
Image from the Queanbeyan BESS inauguration. Source: Naturgy (handout)
September 28 (Renewables Now) - Spanish utility Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY) on Wednesday inaugurated its 10-MW/20-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in the Australian Capital Territory.
The Queanbeyan lithium-ion BESS, located close to the city of Canberra, is the first such facility for Naturgy anywhere in the world. As is the case with of all Naturgy’s projects in Australia, Queanbeyan was also realised through Global Power Generation (GPG), the utility’s joint venture with Kuwait Investment Authority.
Naturgy sees Australia as the key country for its renewables agenda in the coming years. The company says it has plans to invest close EUR 2 billion (USD 1.92bn) in wind, solar PV and energy storage to reach some 2,200 MW of installed capacity in the country by 2025.
The Queanbeyan inauguration comes not long after Naturgy acquired a ready-to-build project for a 125-MW solar PV farm hybridised with a BESS of up to 220 MWh in Cunderdin, Western Australia.
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