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SolarReserve, OZ Minerals to build high voltage transmission line in South Australia

CTBR Staff Writer Published 09 March 2018

Solar thermal projects developer SolarReserve has formed a long-term partnership with OZ Minerals for the development of a high voltage electricity transmission line in South Australia.

This high voltage power is anticipated to meet the operational requirements of the two companies.

The new line will support SolarReserve’s Aurora Solar Energy Project, the 150MW solar thermal project which will be built this year, as well as OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine and Carrapateena project. These projects are also expected to create thousands of local jobs in the state of South Australia.

The transmission line will be 270km long, where OZ Minerals and SolarReserve will equally share the operational costs for the first 35 km of the line.

ElectraNet has been chosen to provide preliminary services for the design and tender of the new transmission line solution. The preliminary work is now underway and the line is expected to be operational by mid-2020.

OZ Minerals CEO Andrew Cole said: “It (the high voltage transmission line) has the capacity for additional projects to draw power or input generation, unlocking the Far North for future mining and renewable energy projects. We look forward to working with SolarReserve to explore additional renewable options for our other projects, such as West Musgrave.”

SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith said: “We are excited to partner with OZ Minerals in this key initiative that brings together two private companies to develop a major piece of infrastructure for South Australia, resulting in a well-thought out project that will meet today’s needs and enable tomorrow’s opportunities.”

SolarReserve is planning to build six solar thermal projects in the state in the next ten years. These projects are expected to create a new industry that can boost the local economy, while providing the state with affordable and reliable clean energy.