Energy utility Alinta has confirmed plans for a 60MW solar farm in the Pilbara region of north west Australia, saying the land-mark project will slash energy costs for the big mining operations in the area and underpin in new investments and mine expansions.
Renew Economy is reporting the 60MW Chichester solar farm will be located near the big Christmas Creek iron ore mine owned by Fortescue Metals but will service mines all along a new transmission line being built by Alinta, including the Cloudbreak mine and Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine.
It is part of a major project that will extend the transmission line that runs from the Newman gas generator to Roy Hill mine by another 65kms to Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak.
<Alinta Energy will present on their projects in WA at a MESCA briefing in Perth on August 28. Keep up to date with all MESCA project briefings being held around the country here