Spicers Creek, NSW

Spicers Creek Battery is a proposed battery storage facility within the Spicers Creek Wind Farm development, west of Gulgong and north east of Wellington, in the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone. The size of the battery facility proposed is up to 400 MW capacity and up to 1,800 MWh storage capacity.

Key Project Info

Battery size and duration

Up to 400 MW capacity / 4.5 hour duration

Planning

The Project is in the Submissions Report phase

Project Timeline

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Project identification and site selection

Identification and site selection is based on an analysis of opportunities and constraints. Our team then begins community consultation.

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Step 2/13

Project feasibility and community engagement

Site-specific investigations are undertaken to assess the impacts and opportunities of the project and feedback is sought from the local community.

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Step 3/13

Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement

A Development Application is made and an EIS prepared which involves a wide range of studies to address stakeholder feedback received to date and to consider the potential environmental and social impacts of the project.

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Public exhibition and Submissions Report

The EIS is placed on public exhibition through the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Interested members of the public are invited to have their say during the exhibition period by way of formal submissions. A Submissions Report is then prepared, which aims to respond to the submissions received.

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Step 5/13

Assessment and development consent

The project documents are assessed by the relevant government authorities. If determined, Development Consent is granted alongside a range of conditions specific to the project.

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Step 6/13

Post approval, contracting and financing

A lead contractor(s) to build the project is appointed and all pre-construction approvals and consents are finalised. During this phase, the lead contractor(s) is provided with a list of local businesses that have registered their interest and capabilities through the project website.

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Step 7/13

Procurement

During this phase our lead contractor(s) engages contractors and suppliers to undertake the scope of the works. Orders are then placed for major components.

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Step 8/13

Early works and design

Initial site activities start. Off-site detailed design commences in parallel.

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Step 9/13

Construction - civil works

During this phase of construction, the majority of the civil works takes place. The community is kept informed about temporary impacts during the construction phase.

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Construction - mechanical and electrical completion

During this phase, the major equipment packages are delivered to site. Electrical cabling, buildings and amenities are then installed and major equipment connections are made to complete construction.

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Step 11/13

Commissioning & handover

Electricity and other external service connections are completed and then equipment undergoes performance testing. During this stage, the project will come to life with equipment starting up for short periods of time, until the commissioning team is satisfied with the performance and operational safety. Operators will be trained during commissioning before commencing operations.

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Step 12/13

Operations

The project is operated in accordance with relevant approval conditions and management plans. Compliance with conditions of approval and management plans is monitored as required throughout the life of the project.

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Step 13/13

Decommissioning

At the end of the project’s useful life, the asset and electrical equipment will be either replaced or the project will be decommissioned. The site will then be returned to its original use or re-purposed for other development.

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Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone

The NSW Government has set out a plan to deliver a number of Renewable Energy Zones (REZ) within the State. The first of these areas is in the Central-West Orana region around Dubbo and Wellington.

A REZ involves the coordinated development of new grid infrastructure in energy rich areas to connect multiple renewable energy generators (such as solar and wind farms) in the same location.

The designation of a REZs is intended to result in the development of additional capacity for renewable electricity generation, producing low-cost power for NSW homeowners and business, driving down carbon emissions within the electricity generation sector, and importantly, driving up job growth and employment opportunities through enabling significant investment into the regions.

For more information on the Central West-Orana REZ, including an indicative location, visit https://www.energyco.nsw.gov.au/renewable-energy-zones

Community

The wellbeing of the community is a core component of our work. Our approach to engaging with the local community is both genuine and lasting. We own our projects from development right through to operations. This gives us unrivalled experience through the entire project life and provides us with a deep-founded respect for people, communities and the environment.

We work respectfully with the communities in which work, are sensitive to environmental and cultural values and aim to make a positive contribution to the regions in which we operate.

We welcome your contact and feedback should you have any questions or concerns about the proposed Spicers Creek Battery.

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About Squadron Energy

Squadron Energy is Australia’s leading renewable energy company, investor, developer and operator. We have 1.1 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy in operation and an Australian development pipeline of 20GW. Australia has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to position itself as a global leader in green energy. Squadron Energy is working hard to make this a reality by developing the high impact and complex projects that will support rapid decarbonisation.


Contact

Project Manager

Trish McDonald

Project Manager - Spicers Creek Battery

Email: info@spicerscreekwindfarm.com.au

Tel: 1800 095 754

Mailing Address

PO Box 1708, Newcastle, NSW 2300

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