Australia fast-tracks $16 billion solar power export project

Australian government has decided to fast track approvals for the A$22 billion ($16 billion) project to supply solar power to Singapore via the world’s longest subsea high voltage cable, a move to boost recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

The Australia-ASEAN Power Link project, run by Singapore-based Sun Cable, envisions a 10 GW solar farm and energy storage facility of up to 30 GWh in the Northern Territory, with a 4,500-km (2,800-mile) link to Singapore and eventually Indonesia. This project will help to grow a new industry, utilising intercontinental high-voltage direct current (HVDC) submarine transmission systems to supply renewable electricity to major load centers in the Indo-Pacific and support the region’s low-emission goals