Synergy gets approval for 500MW/2GWh Collie Battery

Artist's impression of the Collie battery to be built in Collie, Western Australia (kwinana)
Artist's impression of the Collie Battery project

Synergy has received planning approval for its 500MW/2GWh Collie Battery Energy Storage System (CBESS) project in Western Australia, according to Energy Storage News.

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Located at the soon-to-be-decommissioned coal-fired Collie Power Station, the battery is one of two being funded by the Western Australian Government at a cost of $2.3 billion.

The state’s Regional Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) recommended at the end of November that the project application be approved, subject to conditions.

The Collie site itself was identified as an ideal spot to host large-scale battery storage due to its existing transmission network infrastructure and local workforce with relevant electrical industry skills.

Synergy subsidiary Synergy Renewable Energy Development (SynergyRED) will deliver the asset, which will have an expected lifetime of 30 years. Commissioning is expected by October 2025.

In September, supply contracts for Synergy’s Collie BESS and 200MW/800MWh Kwinana 2 BESS projects were announced, with CATL supplying its EnerC containerised lithium iron phosphate (LFP) BESS solution to both projects and Power Electronics supplying inverters and power conversion system (PCS) equipment.

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SynergyRED says the Collie Battery could be expanded to 1GW/4GWh down the track if required.

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