Clearing works are now complete as part of the Northern Territory’s $135.5 million investment into Jabiru’s new power station.
Energy Developments Pty Ltd (EDL) is building the power station and will operate it when complete.
During the land clearing process, local Djurrubu Rangers were employed to assist with cultural heritage management and environmental protection during site clearing and preparation.
Construction works are now underway, with the diesel generators scheduled to come online by the end of 2021 and the solar farm in early 2022.
Once complete, the project will provide secure, reliable, and affordable electricity for Jabiru businesses and residents.
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The new hybrid power station will deliver at least 50 per cent of its electricity over its lifetime from its 3.9-megawatt solar array.
The power station is expected to be up and running by the end of 2021 and fully commissioned by February 2022.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Jabiru is an important town, and the gateway to Kakadu National Park and the West Arnhem Region
“We are investing millions into Jabiru to transform it into the tourism and services hub we know it will one day be,” Gunner said.
“This is just another project we are investing in to create jobs for Territorians and new opportunities for local businesses, which is key to keeping us on track as Australia’s comeback capital.”
EDL Chief Executive Officer James Harman said EDL started construction of the innovative Jabiru Hybrid Renewable Project in June with site clearing, working with the Djurrubu Rangers.
“This collaboration with the Rangers was a great opportunity for EDL and our contractors to work with local traditional owners and learn about the culture, land and local fauna and flora,” Harman said.
“Our project team has completed site preparation works and is now starting to construct the diesel and battery components of the power station—works on the solar farm will soon follow.
“Once completed, our hybrid renewable power station will provide Jabiru with at least 50 per cent reliable renewable energy over the long term.”