THE ENERGY infrastructure revolution in Port Augusta is set to see another boost as the city could soon become home to the world’s biggest battery storage system.
Pangea Energy met with Port Augusta City Council representatives after buying a large holding of Industrial length land between Port Augusta and Stirling North.
The president of the Pangea Energy flew in from Beijing, China, with seven other key members of the company to update the council on the project as well as the technology and the finances behind the proposal.
While the company is still seeking development approval from the state government, Mayor Sam Johnson is confident the project will go ahead.
“They have had really good buy-in and support from Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, who flew to Taiwan to meet with them back in April and he has been exceptional throughout the whole project,” He said.
“We don’t anticipate from a zoning point of view that there will be any issues because the location fits and the zoning is appropriate for what they want to do on that land.”
If meetings with the government go to plan, construction will begin next year which could see a temporary influx of jobs to the region during the building phase. “There will be 200 to 250 jobs during the construction phase which will range anywhere from 18 months to two-and-a-half years,” Mr Johnson said.
“Once its completed, there will be 20 full-time positions available which are of various skill basis. Some will be of a relatively high skill basis and some are labor and maintenance positions”
Coupled with construction of the country’s biggest Solar PV Farm due to begin this year, the horticulture innovation at Sundrop Farms and a strong push for Australia’s first solar thermal plant to be built in Port Augusta, Mr Johnson believes the latest plans will only accelerate the town in becoming a global leader for renewable energy.
“Pangea researched 10 countries and they came back to choose Port Augusta,” he said. “They want to be somewhere that will embrace their technology.”