Genex achieves energisation for Bouldercombe Battery

Aerial shot of the Bouldercombe Battery Project (Genex fire)
Genex's Bouldercombe Battery Project

Genex Power has achieved energisation for the 50MW/100MWh Bouldercombe Battery Project, located near Rockhampton in Queensland.

Energisation signals a major construction milestone as it enables the project to begin the commissioning phase ahead of full operations commencing.

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Genex said its partners Powerlink, Consolidated Power Projects and Tesla have
concluded the tasks required to allow the commissioning phase of the Bouldercombe Battery project to commence, including successful energisation of the Powerlink transformer and high voltage balance of plant components and initial energisation of the Megapack units. The commissioning phase will be completed over the
coming months to ensure the project is fully operational ahead of the peak demand summer season.

Following completion of commissioning, the Bouldercombe Battery will be operated under the Autobidder Offtake Agreement with Tesla. Under this agreement, Tesla will operate the plant to maximise revenues in the energy arbitrage and frequency control ancillary services markets, while providing a guaranteed minimum level of revenues. The upside above this minimum level is largely captured by Genex with a portion shared with Tesla to align incentives between the parties. This ensures that Genex directly participates in the revenue upside from significant volatility and wholesale market pricing events.

The Bouldercombe Battery is Genex’s first large-scale battery energy storage system, and one of the first large-scale battery energy storage systems to be connected in Queensland, storing and supplying up to 35,200MWh per annum.

It will also provide the required ancillary services to support the security and reliability of the Queensland grid.

Genex CEO James Harding said, “We are extremely pleased to achieve energisation for the 50MW/100MWh Bouldercombe Battery Project. This is a significant milestone for Genex as it marks the start of the commissioning of our first battery project which is one of the first standalone large-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems in Queensland.

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“Given the acceleration of the clean energy transition over the past 12 months, the successful connection of the project will support the further penetration of renewable energy in the state.

“Genex has developed a strong relationship with our partners Powerlink, Tesla and Consolidated Power Projects over the course of the development and construction of the Bouldercombe Battery Project and we look forward to working closely together over the coming months to complete commissioning activities and enter into full-scale commercial operation before the critical summer period.”

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