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August 31, 2021

Newman Power Plant – Battery Energy Storage System, Australia

By Carmen

The Newman Power Plant – Battery Energy Storage System is a 30,000kW energy storage project located in Newman, Western Australia, Australia.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses lithium-ion as its storage technology. The project was commissioned in 2018.


The Newman Power Plant – Battery Energy Storage System is owned by Alinta Energy Pty (100%), a subsidiary of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

The key applications of the project are frequency regulation, voltage control and reduces peak demand.

Contractors involved

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ABB and Alinta Energy Pty have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

The Alinta Energy Newman Battery Storage Project is designed to improve the performance of the islanded high voltage network in the region, supplying power to major iron ore producers. The battery supports the 178 MW open cycle gas turbine Newman Power Station by emulating a 30 MW gas turbine and providing spinning reserve. It also delivers frequency control, voltage regulation and reduces peak demand on the gas turbine at the Newman Power Station. The 30 MW battery and gas turbines provide power to the mining operations via a 220kV transmission line. It is also equipped for remote service and maintenance.


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