29 March 2023

Hunter Valley project to shore up NSW electricity supply

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A new gas-fired power station planned for the NSW Hunter Valley region is set to ensure NSW electricity supply after Muswellbrook’s Liddell Power Station shuts down in April 2023.

The proposed Hunter Power Project will eventually supplement Snowy Hydro’s portfolio with quick generation dispatchable energy when electricity demand is high, which may be up to 12 percent of the time.

It will generate energy with two heavy-duty “F Class” open cycle gas turbines, capable of operating on hydrogen, natural gas and diesel as a backup. A new 132 kV electrical switchyard will eventually be owned and operated by Ausgrid as the Network Service Provider.

Gas will come from a new lateral pipeline connecting to the Jemena Gas Network Northern Trunk and a gas compression station.

Once operational, the Hunter Power Project is expected to provide power for 25 to 35 years.

Principal Contractor UGL, a part of the CIMIC Group, is keen to maximise local involvement in the project and is working with ICN NSW to identify suppliers with capacity and capability.

A wide range of projects are open for expressions of on ICN Gateway

“Businesses must have an ICN Gateway company profile to submit an initial expression of interest for the work packages,” ICN Industry Manager Dusko Bajic said.

“Make sure you invest the time and energy on your company summary and description, which will be used to assess your ability to complete projects when you lodge an EOI.”

For more information, go to the Snowy Hydro website. To lodge an expression of interest, or register an expression of interest, go to the Hunter Power Project Gateway page.

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