Jabiru hybrid renewable energy power station completed, pledges 50 per cent renewable energy for township

by | Feb 9, 2022 | Business, News | 0 comments

Jabiru has been powered by solar energy for the first time, the government says, following construction of the Jabiru Hybrid Renewable Power Station that started operating this month – part of a massive government-funded rejuvenation master plan of the township.

Queensland-based energy producer, Energy Developments Ltd (EDL), is the developer, owner and operator of the Jabiru Hybrid Renewable Power Station, which was awarded a $77.2 million contract by the NT Government in June 2020.

“The Jabiru Hybrid Renewable Power Station is now providing the town with stable, reliable energy that is at least 50 per cent renewable over the long term, enabling the community to realise their vision of being an ecologically sustainable tourism and cultural hub for the region,” EDL CEO James Harman said.

It uses a hybrid model of solar generation, battery and diesel power, and its operation will see the equivalent of 1600 cars being removed off the road each year, the company said.

This is the first project to be completed in Jabiru as part of the master plan to transition the township into a tourism and services hub.

The NT Government said the construction of the power station employed around 300 locals, including the Djurrubu Rangers who were employed to assist with land clearing, and cultural and environmental management.

Locals have also been employed as part of the operational phase, the government added, but did not provide a total.

The power station is part of the $135.5 million budget allocation to rebuild Jabiru in a four-year period.

“We are investing millions into Jabiru to transform it into the tourism and services hub we know it is well positioned to be,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

In July 2018, the NT Government and the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) revealed their masterplan for Kakadu, a plan that would see $446 million in spending from the federal and Territory governments, based on recommendations from consultants Stafford Strategy Consultancy Group.

The GAC was raided by ORIC investigators in 2019, but it remains unclear where that investigation stands. The NT Government said it would not affect the money being spent in Jabiru and Kakadu.

The money earmarked for the park included $174.1 million for infrastructure in the park and in Jabiru, $35.8 million in government money for Jabiru Airport, $21.9 million for the Bininj Resource Centre – said to support enterprise and employment in land management, housing and living area management, art and artifact production and language and culture services – $16.2 million for an education precinct and $8.3 million for an entertainment hub.

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