Fortescue Metals: Chichester Hub daytime operations powered by renewable solar energy

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Fortescue’s Chichester Hub daytime operations are powered by renewable solar energy

Dec 15 2021

Fortescue’s Chichester Hub operations are now solar powered after the completion of the 60 megawatt Alinta Energy Chichester solar gas hybrid project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Completion of the project with Alinta Energy marks a major milestone in the implementation of Fortescue’s decarbonization strategy, as the company strives to meet its ambitious goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 for Scopes 1 and 2 emissions.

The solar farm will power up to 100% of daytime operations at Fortescue’s Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak sites, displacing approximately 100 million liters of diesel each year. The remaining energy needs will be met through battery storage and gas production at Alinta Energy’s Newman power plant.

Elizabeth Gaines, CEO of Fortescue, said: “The completion of this project is a practical example of Fortescue achieving its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality and demonstrates that renewable energies can meet the energy needs of the Australian mining sector and Resource.

“As Fortescue transforms from a simple iron ore producer to a green energy and resource company, this step is a critical part of our Pilbara Energy Connect project which, together with the Chichester solar farm, will see 25% of Fortescue’s stationary energy powered by solar energy. “said Ms. Gaines.

Jeff Dimery, Managing Director and CEO of Alinta Energy, said: “Together we have built a benchmark renewable energy project with an ambitious partner, and given the abundance of high quality renewable resources in the Pilbara, we look forward to helping others do the same.

“I am very proud of the team and thank Fortescue, our partners, contractors and suppliers, NAIF, ARENA, and in particular the Nyiyaparli people in whose country the solar farm is located.”

The project also includes the construction of approximately 60 kilometers of new transmission lines, connecting Fortescue’s Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines to Alinta Energy’s existing solar farm and power generation infrastructure in Newman.

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Interesting facts:

  • The Pilbara is one of the sunniest areas in Australia with around 4,015 hours of sunshine per year<_o3a_p>

  • Value of $ 4.7 million contract awarded to Indigenous-owned businesses <_o3a_p>

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