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Playford Utility Battery Project

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About the project


The Playford Utility Battery will be a utility-scale battery development that will support SIMEC Energy Australia’s renewable energy portfolio and provide services to the national electricity grid.

The Playford Utility Battery is being delivered by SIMEC Energy Australia via an Engineer, Procure and Construction (EPC) contractor that is soon to be finalised. SIMEC Energy Australia is one of Australia’s leading renewable energy companies in the design and installation of solar energy and energy storage systems.

SIMEC Energy Australia assists individuals, communities, and businesses to lower energy costs, improve regional and state energy security, and to promote regional development.

SIMEC Energy Australia is a part of the GFG Alliance. Learn more about SIMEC Energy Australia here and learn more about GFG Alliance here.

Where will the energy go?

Not only will the Project provide direct and indirect employment opportunities in Port Augusta and surrounding areas, it will also assist in the transformation of the Whyalla Steelworks by enabling the supply of cheaper and cleaner energy.

SIMEC Energy Australia has commenced consultation discussions with the local community regarding the Project and will continue to engage closely with key stakeholders as it progresses through the remaining approval processes.

Benefits


Direct employment

Indirect employment

Indigenous & local upskilling

Renewable energy dispatch

How will this help our community?


Find out details of how the local community can get involved in the Project and upcoming community events

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Keep up to date


Browse our news articles on the Project to stay informed about the latest from the site and our engagement with the community.

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Benefits

The Playford Utility Battery is designed to deliver a range of benefits to the community, grid and environment throughout its life, from construction through to energisation and ongoing operation.


Direct employment


The Project is forecast to create around 100 direct jobs during its construction phase, and the project team will look to recruit these positions from the local community.

Once the battery is energised, it is anticipated there will be approximately 5 ongoing operation and maintenance positions comprising skilled trades that will either be drawn from or added to the local community.

Direct employment

Indirect employment


Indirectly, the Project is expected to create increased employment for local service industries such as hospitality, retail, supermarkets, rental properties and the like, as the Project creates an increased requirement for services to support the battery workforce.

SIMEC Energy Australia will be hosting Expression of Interest sessions in the local community as the Project progresses, to ensure that local business have primary opportunities to be involved with supporting the needs of the Project. In line with the direct employment strategy, the Project Team is committed to a “local first” approach to support services to maximise the benefits for the local community.

Indirect employment

Indigenous and local upskilling


As part of filling the direct employment requirements of the Project, SIMEC Energy Australia will work with the selected EPC Contractor to investigate opportunities for upskilling of indigenous and local people to meet the employment needs of this development.

Indigenous and local upskilling

Renewable Energy Dispatch


Once energised, the Playford Utility Battery will support the energy needs of SIMEC Energy Australia’s retail electricity customers, GFG’s Whyalla Primary Steel plant, and provide energy services to the National Electricity Market including:

  • Market arbitrage: charging the battery at times of high energy output from renewable sources in the region, including the nearby Cultana Solar Farm, and discharging that energy into the grid at peak times.
  • Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS): providing frequency support to the national electricity grid to help stabilise the grid at times of imbalance between grid energy demand and generation.
  • Fast Frequency Response (FFR): providing further frequency support to the national electricity grid, with response times typically quicker than traditional FCAS to further protect users of the national electricity grid and enable new renewable energy generation such as the nearby Cultana Solar Farm.
Renewable Energy Dispatch

Community


Our Community

The aim is for the Playford Utility Battery to be a positive and valued development for Port Augusta and the Upper Spencer Gulf region more broadly.

Newsletter

SIMEC Energy Australia will be providing regular newsletters to keep the local community updated on news from the Project. As these newsletters are released, copies of each edition will be available for download from this section of the website.

Download Newsletter #1

Community Engagement

SIMEC Energy Australia will be undertaking comprehensive community engagement to make sure the community is informed and has an opportunity to provide input to the Project. We are committed to ensuring that all comments, concerns, and requests for information from the community are carefully considered. If you have a specific concern that you would like addressed, we ask that you register your concern via any of the channels listed in the Contact section of this page to ensure that it is logged and included as part of our considerations. Alternatively, come and have a chat with us at any of our community events.

Community Events

Details of community events that are scheduled or recently completed for the project will be listed here. You are welcome to attend any events.

The following list details recent and upcoming community engagement events that you are welcome to attend and be part of:

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION

When: Wednesday 27 February 2019 - 5pm-8pm
Where: Ian’s Western Hotel, 10 Loudon Rd, Port Augusta West
RSVP: Not required

BUSINESS INFORMATION SESSION

The project team will present the opportunities and processes for involvement to the business community interested in working on the project.

When: Thursday 28 February 2019, 5pm-8pm
Where: Ian’s Western Hotel, 10 Loudon Rd, Port Augusta West
RSVP: Not required

Contact Us


SIMEC Energy Australia are committed to ensuring that all comments, concerns, and requests for information from the community are listened to and considered in the design of the Project.

If you have a request for further information, a specific positive or negative comment regarding the Project, or a specific concern that you would like addressed, we invite you to contact us via any of the following channels:

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Community Events