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Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, Minister for Energy and Mining.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan has welcomed Nexif Energy’s announcement that it is on track to deliver an additional 240 MW of generation capacity into South Australia’s electricity market.

“The relocation of 154 MW of fast start generators to Snapper Point at Outer Harbour and the beginning of construction of 86 MW of wind turbines at Lincoln Gap are further good news for South Australian electricity consumers,” Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.

“The Marshall Government has turned the tide on Labor’s legacy of sky-high electricity prices and has stabilised the grid whilst lowering the cost of electricity and emissions.

“South Australia now has cheaper wholesale electricity than both Victoria or New South Wales for the first time in seven years.

“Nexif’s conversion of Labor’s diesel generators to gas and the transition from back-up only generators to market assets available every day of the year will help deliver cheaper, cleaner electricity to South Australians.

“These two projects will support 110 jobs expanding the wind farm at Lincoln Gap and up to 70 jobs in Adelaide for the relocation of the generators.

“It is also delivering significant savings to South Australians taxpayers who were picking up the cost for the generators to sit idle after the former Labor Government spent $600 million acquiring them.

“The 86 MW of wind power that Stage 2 of Lincoln Gap will deliver when completed by late next year combined with Nexif’s grid scale battery add further depth to our impressive array of renewable energy assets.

“These are in addition to Lincoln Gap existing 126MW of wind generation.

“Nexif has indicated that the delivery of Project EnergyConnect between SA and NSW will make it easier to consider the third stage of Lincoln Gap, a further 252 MW expansion, in coming months.

“Matching the capacity of the gas turbines at Snapper Point with the wind farm and battery at Lincoln Gap is an important step in the transformation to a low-cost, low emission electricity system in South Australia.

“Today’s announcement follows hot on the heel of AGL’s plan for another big battery at Torrens Island.

“The Marshall Liberal Government’s energy plan is delivering great results for South Australian households and business, and providing jobs and investment to help our economic recovery.”

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Tuesday 18 August 2020