Indonesian govt support brings AAPowerLink a step closer

Australia-Asian Power Link solar farm (AAPowerLink team)
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Sun Cable’s $30 billion transformational Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink), set to become one of the world’s largest renewable energy infrastructure projects, is another step closer to generating, storing and transmitting renewable energy from Elliott to Darwin and Singapore, with the Indonesian Government confirming key facilitation measures.

Since Prime Minister Scott Morrison raised support for Sun Cable’s work during his bilateral visit to Singapore in June this year, and after the AAPowerLink received Major Project Status from the Commonwealth Government in July 2021 and the NT in June 2020, the project continues to progress. 

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitain, welcomed Sun Cable’s operation in Indonesia and confirmed the Indonesian Government had recommended the route of the transmission cables through Indonesian waters, with the Ministry of Transportation granting the subsea survey permit. 

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Sun Cable said it was greatly appreciative of the support from the Indonesian Government and looked forward to a long-term relationship with the country. As part of building the AAPowerLink, Sun Cable will drive investment and jobs in Indonesia, share knowledge, and support Indonesian manufacturing. 

Sun Cable is developing the AAPowerLink to deliver a significant amount of renewable electricity to Darwin, to support the Northern Territory’s ambition to develop a $40 billion economy by 2030. 

The project will also be capable of supplying up to 15 per cent of Singapore’s electricity needs and, starting from 2028, could reduce Singapore’s emissions by 6 million tonnes per year, matching the entire climate abatement gap in Singapore’s announced 2030 targets. 

“By unlocking the vast, world-class solar and land resources that Australia has available, Sun Cable is creating the pathway for a new export industry, with the AAPowerLink generating up to $2 billion in exports, creating over 1,500 jobs in construction, 350 operational jobs, and 12,000 indirect jobs,” the company said in a statement.

Sun Cable will integrate a range of technologies and infrastructure in the AAPowerLink, including one of the world’s largest solar farms to be located in the Northern Territory (17-20GWp), the world’s largest battery (36-42GWh), and the world’s longest undersea High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cable system from Darwin to Singapore (approximately 4,200km). 

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“This is a significant milestone for the AAPowerLink and brings us closer to generating and transmitting affordable, dispatchable renewable energy to Darwin and Singapore, via the world’s largest renewable energy transmission network,” Sun Cable CEO David Griffin said.

“We want this world-leading project to create a step-change in the Indo-Pacific’s capability to achieve net zero ambitions and economic growth sustained by renewable energy.

“Sun Cable is proud to be engaging with the traditional owners of the land, technology and manufacturing partners, and prospective customers that increasingly demand zero emissions electricity supply, across the region. We look forward to continuing to work across Australia, Singapore and Indonesia to deliver this project.”