Once up and running 100 per cent of Chichester’s daytime stationary energy requirements will come from the sun, any extra energy required will come from the battery and gas power facilities.
Fortescue chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said this project was a first on this scale for the Pilbara and would drive long-term cost reductions.
“The agreement with Alinta Energy marks a significant milestone in Fortescue’s energy strategy
and represents a further step in the creation of Fortescue’s Pilbara energy connect project,” she said.
“In addition, Fortescue will invest an estimated US$250m in energy transmission infrastructure, which will complete the integration of Fortescue’s iron ore operations in the Pilbara into an efficient energy network.”
Alinta Energy managing director and chief executive Jeff Dimery said they were on the cusp of demonstrating renewables that can drive remote and complex industrial applications.