Progress on Asian Renewable Energy Hub

The proponents of an ambitious $21 billion plan to export renewable power from WA’s north to Indonesia and other regional neighbours have taken the next step to winning approval for the plan, with the WA Environmental Protection Agency opening up the project for public comment.

The Australian is reporting that documents lodged with the EPA show the proponents of the massive project, called the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, believe they can supply power into Indonesia at below $US67 a megawatt hour and to Singapore for less than $US90 a megawatt hour — despite its reliance on thousands of kilometres of undersea cable to Indonesia and Singapore.

The consortium — which includes Australia’s CWP Renewables, wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, Intercontinental Energy and Macquarie Group — plans to install 7.5 gigawatts of wind turbines, and more than 3.5GW of solar arrays 220km west of Port Hedland, and 270km southwest of Broome — just south of WA’s famous Eighty Mile Beach.

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