Sun Cable announces global team for AAPowerLink

Australia-Asian Power Link solar farm (solar LNG)
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Sun Cable has announced the Integrated Project Delivery team (IPDT) for its $30 billion Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink), which will supply renewable electricity to Darwin and Singapore.

The AAPowerLink IPDT team includes Bechtel, Hatch, Marsh, PwC Australia and SMEC (a member of the Surbana Jurong Group), with all five companies providing provide a powerhouse of world-leading expertise to drive the future of renewable energy in Australia and the Indo-Pacific.

“Each carefully selected company has a proven track record in developing and delivering complex infrastructure projects, together with a strong commitment to renewable energy giga-projects and providing global solutions to achieve net zero targets,” Sun Cable said in a statement.

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“Their combined experience across environmental, social and governance frameworks will also be essential in delivering a project of such scale and significance.

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

The AAPowerLink will be a high-capacity solar generation, storage, and transmission system that will transmit reliable, dispatchable renewable electricity from the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory to Darwin and Singapore markets. Its key components are:

  • a solar farm precinct including energy storage and voltage source converter (VSC);
  • a high voltage direct current (HVDC) overhead transmission line (OHTL) from the solar farm to Darwin;
  • VSC’s and a utility-scale battery in Darwin;
  • a subsea HVDC cable system from Darwin to Singapore; and
  • a VSC and utility-scale battery in Singapore.

The project is expected to begin construction from late 2023, with first supply of electricity to Darwin in 2026 and first electricity to Singapore in 2027 (full capacity by end of 2028).

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Following the recent granting of the subsea cable route recommendation from the Indonesian Government and approval to undertake the next stage of the subsea cable survey, the appointment of the project management team is the next key milestone in delivering reliable, renewable energy from Australia to Asia. 

Sun Cable CEO David Griffin said, “To secure the support of these globally recognised experts is an important vote of confidence in the significance and feasibility of Sun Cable’s Australia-Asia PowerLink. Sun Cable is proud to have the expertise of Bechtel, Hatch, SMEC, Marsh, and PwC Australia reinforcing our team, as we deliver this game-changing infrastructure for Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. This project is designed to significantly accelerate the carbon zero ambitions of the region and we have brought together a dream team to bring it to fruition.”