Cultana Solar Farm, South Australia, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Fri Jun 12 2020 07:27:03 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 280 MW
    planned generation capacity of Simec Energy's Cultana Solar Farm located 10km to the north of the township of Whyalla, which is about 350 km northwest of the South Australian capital Adelaide.
  • 600 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 100,000
    approximate number of average South Australian households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 492,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 1,100 hectares
    land available for the solar farm.
  • 780,000
    number of Wuxi Suntech solar panels will be used.
  • 2
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Simec Energy, EPC: Shanghai Electric, O&M: Shanghai Electric, PPA: GFG’s Whyalla Primary Steel Plant.
  • $350 million
    project cost.
  • 350
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 10
    FTE during operational phase.
  • May 2019
    Project receives planning approval from the South Australian government, overcoming objections from its neighbour, Adani Renewables.
  • 02 Jun 2019
    Shanghai Electric appointed as EPC contractor.
  • May 2020
    Project ready to tender for a whole bunch of works – everything from perimeter fencing through to security service providers even as it awaits final regulatory approvals and transmission connection agreement.