Kiamal Solar Farm, Victoria, Austrialia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Wed Jun 17 2020 08:36:20 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 350 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Kiamal Solar Farm, located near the township of Ouyen in north-western Victoria, approximately 100 km south of Mildura. The solar farm is to be built in two stages. The first stage will comprise 200 MW of single-axis tracing solar panels and a 100 MW/380 MWh battery storage facility. Phase II is likely to see the balance 150 MW being constructed.
  • ? GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year by the farm once operational.
  • 133.500
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 610,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 500
    hectares of land will be used for the solar farm.
  • 720,000
    solar panels with single-axis trackers will be used.
  • 6
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Total Eren, EPC and O&M: Biosar Australia (part of the Greek infrastructure group Aktor SA, and Canadian Solar), PPA: Flow Power (50 MW), Mars Australia, Alinta Energy and Zero Emissions Water - a consortium of 13 water authorities.
  • $300 million
    estimated project cost. The project is supported by a debt financing package of approximately $250 million involving Australian and European banks ANZ, ING and Natixis.
  • 300
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 10
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2Q2018
    Expected start of construction
  • 02 Feb 2018
    Meredian Energy (Powershop Australia) signs long term PPA for an undisclosed offtake from the farm, but subsequently dropped out due to delays in the project.
  • 02 Feb 2018
    Mildura City Council gives development approval for a 100MW/380MWh battery storage facility to be added to the farm.
  • 31 May 2018
    Mars Australia signs PPA to source its entire power needs for 6 factories and 2 offices from the project.
  • 05 Jun 2018
    Emerging retailer Flow Power signs contract to buy 50 MW of the output from project.
  • 16 Oct 2018
    Total Eren announces it has resolved connectivity issues that had delayed the start of the project. Total Eren will work with TransGrid to deliver a new 220 kV Kiamal Terminal Station and Collector Substation, with the two 180MVA transformers designed and manufactured locally by Wilsons Transformers in Victoria.
  • 17 Oct 2018
    Commencement of construction ceremony celebrated in Melbourne with the presence of the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
  • 05 Jun 2019
    Total Eren announces financial closure having secured debt finance of $250 million which will be provided by ANZ (Australia), ING (Netherlands) and Natixis (France). The announcement also revealed that the Australian government’s green bank, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has acquired a minority stake in the project to the tune of around $51 million.
  • 24 Apr 2019
    13 of Victoria’s water corporations partner under a new umbrella organisation called Zero Emissions Water, to buy clean energy from the project at a much cheaper rate than would be possible individually. The deal will allow water corporations to cover between 20 to 50% of their total energy needs with solar power – slashing carbon dioxide emissions by 80,000 tonnes every year.
  • 05 Jun 2019
    Total Eren announces financial closure having secured debt finance of $250 million which will be provided by ANZ (Australia), ING (Netherlands) and Natixis (France). The announcement also revealed that the Australian government’s green bank, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has acquired a minority stake in the project to the tune of around $51 million.
  • 08 Jun 2019
    33% of construction completed.
  • Jul 2019
    A massive 190MVAr synchronous condenser imported marking a new era for renewable energy integration in Australia. Measuring 55 x 65 metres, the new Siemens synchronous condenser solves the problem of how to keep a constant, safe level of current in transmission lines. This problem is especially true where large amounts of power from solar and wind are added – as in north-western Victoria.
  • Mar 2019
    Reports surface of delayed payments made by Biosar to its employees and contractors. Biosar and the project in general has been impacted by delays in grid connectivity. The process has been complicated by delays imposed by the Australian Energy Market Operator due to system strength issues, and the “oscillation” problems that caused five existing solar farms to have their output cut in half in September and a halt to new connections until a “firmware” solution for their inverters was approved late last month.
  • May 2020
    The Greek-based international contracting and renewable energy group Ellaktor has revealed that it and its Biosar subsidiary paid €23 million ($A40 million) to extract itself from loss-making and delayed solar projects in Australia, part of a massive €67 million ($A115 million) hit it suffered in the fourth quarter as it sought to exit the country.
  • 05 May 2020
    Total Eren, Beon “step in” to complete commissioning of the project after Biosar's exit. According to a statement released by Total Eren, “To help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 which has hindered the free movement of people internationally and inter-state, the owners of Kiamal Solar Farm have temporarily stepped-in to manage commissioning works on site with the assistance of Beon, a local Victorian-based electrical contractor." The statement goes on the say Biosar will be handed control once the project is fully commissioned.