Wartsila to install 250 MW/250 MWh battery for AGL in S Australia
Artist's impression of the Wartsila battery for AGL. Image by: Wartsila Corp.
Australian utility AGL Energy Ltd (ASX:AGL) has contracted Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp (HEL:WRT1V) to supply the 250 MW/250 MWh battery for its Torrens Island energy storage project.
The Finnish company will be in charge of building the AUD-180-million (USD 132.4m/EUR 112.6m) grid-connected facility in South Australia, AGL said on Monday. With planning “well underway,” construction activities are due to begin late in 2021.
Wartsila will deliver the project on a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis under an existing framework agreement with the Aussie utility.
The Torrens Island energy storage system will be installed in the Adelaide metropolitan area and is planned to become fully operational in early 2023. While initially it will provide one hour of storage, AGL has plans to expand that duration to up to four hours, or 1,000 MWh.
The Torrens Island battery would be the first of an 850-MW bundle of projects that AGL plans to develop by the end of fiscal 2024. It will also become its first grid-connected battery, it said.
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