Amp to connect Bungama BESS to South Australian grid

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Renewables developer Amp Energy has executed a transmission network connection agreement (TCA) with South Australia’s high-voltage transmission network owner ElectraNet for its Bungama Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Bungama, South Australia.

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The 150MW/300MWhr TCA is expected to energise by early 2025, as the first phase of a larger Bungama BESS and Solar PV installation. Bungama BESS is the first TCA within Amp’s Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a $2 billion strategic portfolio of renewable generation and battery storage assets across three sites, Bungama, Robertstown and Whyalla, established in 2021.

The Bungama BESS project has entered into an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Agreement and benefit sharing with the Nukunu Wapma Thura Aboriginal Corporation. The project is expected to create up to 70 construction jobs for up to a year and 20 ongoing jobs during operations.

“The Bungama BESS announcement emphasizes our commitment to the state of South Australia, towards its goal of achieving net zero emissions and 100% renewable energy generation by 2050,” Amp Australia head Dean Cooper said.

The Bungama BESS connection follows the company’s announcement in April of Amp being named as the successful bidder to develop the Cape Hardy Port Precinct, with the intent to develop and build up to 5GW of electrolyser capacity over the next decade in the precinct, delivering over 5 million tonnes per annum of green ammonia and establishing South Australia as a global leader in the production of green hydrogen and ammonia.

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Minister for Energy and Mining Tom Koutsantonis said “Transmission is fundamental to a renewable generator being able to deliver energy to the customer. It’s pleasing to see Amp Energy overcome this barrier by reaching this deal with ElectraNet, which will unlock investment and job creation.”

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