03 Aug 2021

Construction Powers Ahead on Jabiru Project

Clearing works are now complete as part of construction on Jabiru’s new power station.

The project is part of the Territory Labor Government’s $135.5 million dollar commitment to the Future of Jabiru and Kakadu.
The new power station is being constructed and operated by Energy Developments Pty Ltd (EDL), a global leader in remote renewables, and it will meet the Government’s targets of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

During the land clearing process, local Djurrubu Rangers were employed to assist with cultural heritage management and environmental protection during site clearing and preparation.
The clearing work provided a great opportunity for EDL and contractors to work with Traditional Owners.

Construction works are now underway, with the diesel generators scheduled to come online by the end of 2021 and the solar farm in early 2022.

The project will continue to create jobs and business opportunities for Territorians, having spent $1.75 million with local businesses to date.

Once completed, works will ensure secure, reliable and affordable electricity for Jabiru businesses and residents.
The new hybrid power station will deliver at least 50 per cent of its electricity over its lifetime from its 3.9 megawatt solar array.
The power station is expected to be up and running by the end of 2021 and fully commissioned by February 2022.

Quotes from Chief Minister, Michael Gunner

“Territorians deserve access to the very best services, no matter where they live.
“Jabiru is an important town, and the gateway to Kakadu National Park and the West Arnhem Region.
“We are investing millions into Jabiru to transform it into the tourism and services hub we know it will one day be. 
“This is just another project we are investing in to create jobs for Territorians and new opportunities for local businesses, which is key to keeping us on track as Australia’s comeback capital.”
Quotes from Local Member, Lawrence Costa: 
“The Territory Labor Government continues to work closely with Aboriginal Territorians, to keep creating jobs on country.
“This investment in the town of Jabiru will open the door to new employment opportunities for the Mirrar Traditional Owners, to ensure they can achieve their social and economic aspirations.”

Quotes from EDL Chief Executive Officer, James Harman

“EDL started construction of the innovative Jabiru Hybrid Renewable Project in June with site clearing, working with the Djurrubu Rangers. This collaboration with the Rangers was a great opportunity for EDL and our contractors to work with local traditional owners and learn about the culture, land and local fauna and flora.
“Our project team has completed site preparation works and is now starting to construct the diesel and battery components of the power station—works on the solar farm will soon follow.
“Once completed, our hybrid renewable power station will provide Jabiru with at least 50 per cent reliable renewable energy over the long term.
“We are excited about providing this sustainable energy solution to the people of Jabiru, and are proud to contribute to the Northern Territory’s 50% renewable energy target by 2030.”