Australia‚Äôs federal government has announced that it will fast-track an ambitious A$22bn ($16bn) 10GW/30GWh solar/battery project that will send 24-hour renewable electricity to Singapore via a 4,500km cable.
Angus Taylor, minister for energy and emissions reduction, granted ‚Äúmajor project status‚ÄĚ to developer Sun Cable‚Äôs Australia-ASEAN Power Link (AAPL) project in Australia‚Äôs Northern Territory, which essentially means it will fast-track the project, with support from the Major Projects Facilitation Agency, which provides a single entry point for national approvals, as well as co-ordination with local government.
Sun Cable says the project ‚ÄĒ to be built by the end of 2027 ‚ÄĒ would consist of the world‚Äôs largest solar array, biggest battery and longest power cable, providing 3GW of dispatchable electricity ‚ÄĒ enough to provide a fifth of Singapore‚Äôs power needs. The 4,500km high-voltage direct-current cable ‚ÄĒ 3,711km of which would be under the sea ‚ÄĒ would also connect Australia to the planned 16-nation ASEAN power grid.
The AAPL project, however, has yet to win support from Singapore‚Äôs government.
The Northern Territory government gave the scheme ‚ÄĒ which would also supply power to the city of Darwin, and ‚Äúeventually Indonesia‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ major project status in July 2019.