The Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, has announced that the construction contract of Jabiru’s new hybrid power station has been awarded to Brisbane based energy company EDL (Energy Developments Ltd).
With construction due to begin in April, the hybrid diesel and solar power station will be a vital part of Jabiru’s transition from a mining-based economy to an indigenous led tourism and government services hub.
The power station will draw on the latest technology to deliver at least 50 per cent of its electricity over the lifetime of the project from a 4.5MW solar farm.
Power and Water Corporation will be making use of the $10 million set aside to upgrade Jabiru’s electricity network in preparation for the new station. Once construction is complete, Power and Water will oversee the operation and maintenance of the new facility.
Marinella Faggion, CEO of Jabiru Kabolkmakmen, said “we welcome the Chief Minister’s announcement awarding the Jabiru Power Station contract to EDL. This important piece of infrastructure will boost confidence in the future of Jabiru for residents, businesses and prospective investors in the region.”
The power station is expected to be up and running by the end of the 2021 and fully commissioned by early 2022.
For more information on the future of Jabiru, head to the Jabiru Kabolkmakmen website www.jabirukabolkmakmen.com.au