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Construction nears for CQ’s big battery project

Construction of the 50MW/100MWh Bouldercombe Battery Project is set to begin in July after Genex Power today announced financial close for the project.

Genex said contractor Consolidated Power Projects Australia was commencing detailed design associated with the civil and electrical works.

And Tesla Motors Australia is due to deliver 40 Megapack units to the project in early 2023, with commissioning and first generation expected by mid -2023.

“Today marks a key step in the roll out of large energy storage capability in the National Electricity Market,” Genex chief executive officer James Harding said.

“The financial close of Genex’s first battery energy storage system, the Bouldercombe Battery Project is a significant achievement for the company.

“Genex has now issued Notice to Proceed to the project’s key contractors, namely Tesla Motors Australia Pty Ltd, Consolidated Power Projects and Powerlink, and design and procurement activities have commenced.”

Related: Genex Power will be presenting the Bouldercombe Battery Project’s supply chain procurement opportunities at the online Connecting Renewable Energy Conference Queensland on April 7.

Genex last week announced a $35 million debt facility for the project with Infradebt, as well as a cooperation agreement that will see the parties continue to work together to finance further battery energy storage projects in Australia.

It also carried out a successful $40 million capital raising.

The project- near Rockhampton in Central Queensland – will connect into an available 132kV bay at Powerlink’s Bouldercombe substation, which is located in a key part of the Queensland electricity grid with good network strength and Marginal Loss Factor profiles.

This article first appeared in Industry Queensland.

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