Illustration of a photovoltaic power plant.
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Sun Cable recently unveiled its project for an outsized solar power plant built in Newcastle Waters, Australia.
If this $ 20 billion (around € 12 billion) project sees the light of day, it will be the largest piece of equipment of its kind in the world.
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The old land originally used to graze cattle thus extends over 12,000 hectares.
It is located on the axis of the railway line that connects Alice Springs to Darwin, an ideal location for transporting the materials used in the construction of the solar farm.
Work is expected to begin in 2023 and electricity production three years later.
Export to Singapore
The export of the energy generated is scheduled for 2027. Those responsible for this equipment with a capacity of 10 gigawatts indeed earmark two thirds of their production for the electricity supply of Singapore.
Before doing this, Sun Cable must first obtain the necessary authorizations and agreements.
The company is currently in negotiations with the owners of the land.
A description of the project was also submitted to the Environmental Protection Authority of the Northern Territory, where the solar farm would be located.
Many jobs planned
If the operation is completed, construction should create 1,500 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs.
The operation of the solar power station will then require the permanent presence of 350 employees.
Besides Singapore, the future infrastructure is also designed to provide electricity to the inhabitants of isolated areas of the Northern Territory.
The latter currently draw their energy from expensive generators that run on diesel.
The current would pass through overhead cables.
The electricity sent to Singapore would pass through at least two submarine high-voltage lines.
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