The Indonesian Government has recommended a route for the Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) project developed by Australian energy company Sun Cable.

The AAPowerLink project is intended to transmit renewable energy from Elliott to Darwin and Singapore.

Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitain confirmed the route for the transmission cables, which will pass through Indonesian waters.

The Ministry of Transportation has also granted a subsea survey permit for the project.

Sun Cable said it ‘appreciated’ the government’s support and that the project will drive investment and jobs in Indonesia, as well as sharing knowledge and supporting Indonesian manufacturing.

The AAPowerLink project is expected to require a total investment of more than A$30bn ($21.8bn).

Sun Cable said the project will deliver a ‘significant’ amount of renewable electricity to Darwin to support the Australian Northern Territory’s goal of developing a A$40bn ($29bn) economy by 2030.

From 2028, Singapore will be able to meet 15% of its electricity demand with clean energy supplied by the project, as well as reducing its carbon emissions by six million tonnes a year.

The project is expected to benefit the Australian economy by generating up to A$2bn ($1.4bn) in energy exports and creating more than 1,500 construction jobs, 350 operational jobs and 12,000 indirect jobs.

Sun Cable will integrate one of the world’s largest solar farms, with 17GWp to 20GWp of capacity, for the project, as well as the world’s largest battery, which has 36GWh to 42GWh of capacity.

Sun Cable CEO David Griffin said: “This is a significant milestone for the AAPowerLink and brings us closer to generating and transmitting affordable, dispatchable renewable energy to Darwin and Singapore via the world’s largest renewable energy transmission network.

“We want this world-leading project to create a step-change in the Indo-Pacific region’s capability to achieve net-zero ambitions and economic growth sustained by renewable energy.”