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Neoen to build its first long duration battery after winning a 197 MW contract in Western Australia

The Australian Energy Market Operator has awarded Neoen a 197 MW contract for Western Australia’s South-West Interconnected System.

Neoen has been awarded a 197 MW / 4-hour capacity services contract for Western Australia's South-West Interconnected System (SWIS) by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

This service will be delivered by Stage 1 of Collie Battery sized at 219 MW / 877 MWh, with the project having approval for a total of 1 GW / 4 GWh.

Neoen has provided notices to proceed to Tesla and UGL, signalling the start of construction for Stage 1.

Collie Battery will provide significant support to the Western Australian electricity system, enhancing its security and reliability.

It is Neoen’s first 4-hour long-duration battery, its first major project in Western Australia and its sixth big battery in Australia.

The battery will be located near the town of Collie, in the country of the Wilman people of the Bibbulmun nation, in the South West region of Western Australia (WA). It will connect to Western Power’s Shotts Terminal substation, which is part of the South-West Interconnected System (SWIS), a separate network to the one on the eastern coast of Australia. 

Louis de Sambucy, Neoen Australia’s CEO, said:

“We are delighted to have won a NCESS contract and would like to thank AEMO, Western Power and the WA Government for placing their trust in us. This is an exciting time for Neoen as it is our first major project in WA, and it also means we now have a big battery in five of the six Australian states. With our growing team in Perth and a strong pipeline of projects we look forward to playing an increasingly significant role in the state’s rapid decarbonisation.” 

Xavier Barbaro, Neoen’s Chairman Chief Executive Officer, concluded:

I would like to congratulate the Neoen team on achieving this excellent outcome in record time. This project perfectly demonstrates our ability to rapidly provide solutions to the market and we are thrilled to start delivering longer duration battery services. Neoen is incredibly proud to be one of the world’s true pioneers in battery storage, with a global portfolio of over 1.3 GW / 2.6 GWh, and to be making a major contribution towards a more sustainable energy future.” 

Source: Neoen

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