THE ALTURA Group was at the Institute Theatre on Thursday, November 9 to discuss its Goat Hill Pumped Storage Hydro Project with residents, with hopes of tapping into Port Augusta’s growing renewable energy market.
The facility would be located at Lincoln Gap, 12 kilometres west of Port Augusta, with the development application submission to be made next month.
The Goat Hill Project is a ‘closed loop’ inland pumped storage hydro project, with up to 250 megawatts and eight hours of storage capacity.
Altura Director Rosahlena Robinson said the session was a great opportunity to present information and answer questions about the Goat Hill Project.
Mrs Robinson believes the project – which is currently moving through development phases – is well positioned to provide reliable and affordable energy.
“We're completing environmental studies in the field and those are going really well and what we're doing is now preparing our reports,” she said.
“Those reports will form a development application that can be considered by government towards the end of this year.”
With the construction start target set for the second half of 2018, Altura is now working towards defining the costs of the project.
The construction phase has the potential to deliver up to 250 employment opportunities over two and a half years, with about 15 operational jobs available at the facility from the end of 2020 and beyond.
Altura plan to stream water for the project from the SA Water Network.
For more information about the project, visit Altura Group’s website.
Altura’s project is the second pumped storage hydro project in the works for Port Augusta, with Energy Australia recently completing a feasibility study for the potential seawater pumped hydro facility in Cultana.
The Cultana facility could generate up to 225 megawatts of renewable energy, with a storage capacity of 1770 megawatt hours.