Approval for $350m Cultana Solar Farm

The $350 million Cultana Solar Farm at Whyalla – the first project in Sanjeev Gupta’s $US1 billion renewable energy plan for South Australia’s Upper Spencer Gulf – has won development approval.

The Advertiser is reporting South Australian Planning Minister Stephan Knoll has signed off on SIMEC Energy Australia’s 280MW solar farm and the company hopes to begin work some time after June.

Chief executive Marc Barrington said SIMEC was still working to secure financial close on the project, saying it was in the final stages of those negotiations.

About 350 people would find construction work on the site at the corner of Industry Drive and McBryde Tce, and there would be 10 ongoing jobs there once it was finished.

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