Australia is a priority country within our strategic targets for the coming years. We aim to reach an installed capacity of 2.2 GW by 2025, focused on the development of wind and solar photovoltaic technology and storage system plants.  

Our presence dates back to 2007 and we have always aimed to build a solid renewable portfolio capable of providing clean energy sources and contributing to the development of rural and regional communities.  We operate in the country through our subsidiary Global Power Generation (GPG).

Wind projects

We currently operate the Crookwell 2 and Berrybank 1 wind farms, and we are about to start operating Berrybank 2. Furthermore, we are working on a solid portfolio of construction and development projects totalling 1.4 GW of power, concentrated in the states of Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.

Opened in November 2018, this project is located in New South Wales, 90 km from Canberra, the capital of Australia.

The 91 MW Crookwell 2 wind farm supports the commitment made by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to supply 100% of its electricity from renewable resources after the government of the ACT awarded GPG feed-in tariff rights for the area.

The project has 28 wind turbines and produces over 300,000 megawatt-hours in a standard year, with zero carbon emissions. This is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 41,600 homes in Canberra.

In November 2018, the government of Victoria announced that Global Power Generation (GPG) had been awarded 180 MW of power output in a wind project located approximately 150 km from Melbourne.

The construction of the farm, named Berrybank, entailed total investment of 284 million Australian dollars and started operations in 2020.

The Berrybank 2 wind farm is located in south-west Victoria, Australia, and is currently in the construction stage. It will have an installed capacity of 109 MW and 26 wind turbines. Planned investment amounts to 215 million Australian dollars, equivalent to approximately 131 million euros.

The new facility is located approximately 150 km from Melbourne, near the already built Berrybank 1 wind farm. Therefore, both projects will share part of the connection infrastructure, such as the overhead transmission line that is already in operation.

This project was awarded with a Power Purchase Agreement by the government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in September 2020, for power equivalent to a capacity of 100 MW.

This farm was awarded to Snowy Hydro and GPG in September 2020. The 218 MW wind farm is located in the state of Victoria approximately 300 km from Melbourne.

It is estimated that the park will require total investment of 359 million Australian dollars (equivalent to approximately 219 million euros) and it is expected to come into operation in the second half of 2022.

The contract awarded is a 15-year PPA (power purchase agreement) for 75% of the energy generated. Given the characteristics of the contract awarded and the conditions of the Australian market, which is one of the most attractive countries for renewables investments, the project fully meets Naturgy’s investment and profitability criteria for value creation.

In December 2020, Global Power Generation was awarded the contract to build this 97 MW wind farm located at Hawkesdale in Victoria, approximately 270 km from Melbourne, Australia.

The contract awarded is a 15-year PPA (power purchase agreement) for power equivalent to a capacity of 97 MW.

The Hawkesdale wind farm will be the fifth investment that Naturgy has made in Australia through GPG. With this project, Naturgy will reach a renewables capacity of over 700 MW in the country.

This project is located in Oberon, New South Wales, and will comprise 47 turbines with a total power of approximately 275 MW.

This project is in Moyne, Victoria. It will have 61 turbines with a total power of approximately 360 MW.

We have recently successfully connected our first battery storage facility in the world to the grid, a historical milestone. This project will reinforce supply quality in the city of Canberra and will accelerate the country’s energy transition by introducing more renewable energy to the grid.

Based on a 10 MW system of Lithium-Ion batteries and a storage capacity of 20 MWh, ACT Battery will be able to accumulate electricity from renewable sources and output it to the grid whenever it is needed to supply 3,000 households for two hours at times of lower electricity production.

A clear example of this commitment to the country is the company’s current investment in the construction of its first solar hybrid project worldwide, combining photovoltaic and storage battery technologies. The Cunderdin Project will use cutting-edge technology as the first solar hybrid facility to be developed in the country, with an investment of 160 million euros.

The plant will have a solar photovoltaic capacity of 125 MW and a battery-based power storage system of up to 55MW/220 MWh.