Progress for $20bn Sun Cable



Sir – Two prominent private investment firms are backing Sun Cable: Grok Ventures and Squadron Energy have taken positions as co-lead investors on this project.


The proposed Australia-Singapore Power Link is a $20 billion, 10 gigawatt solar farm and a 20-30 gigawatt hour storage facility near Tennant Creek.


It will supply loads in the Darwin and Singapore markets via a high voltage direct current transmission.


This is the largest solar farm under development in the world.


Grok Ventures is the family investment firm of Mike and Annie Cannon-Brookes, with Squadron Energy under the leadership of Chairman Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest.


We are fast becoming an energy super power and the Sun Cable Project is an absolute game-changer for Territory jobs and the economy: This is how we break out of the boom bust cycle.


Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured).




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  1. Erwin Chlanda
    Posted November 23, 2019 at 9:23 am

    @ Surprised: “Very expensive power.” Depends how you look at it: As sunlight is free, the cost of the 30% power lost is zero. It’s not like losing 30% of gas or oil which we would have to buy.
    Erwin Chlanda, Editor

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  2. Surprised!
    Posted November 22, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Further to my comment about Ohms Law.
    If they are going to use DC for the transmission (which is the only feasible way), they will probably be looking at a transmission voltage of around 765,000 volts. Given the calculated drop of 1.1% every 160 Km, means a cumulative drop of around 30% by the time the power gets to Singapore. That is probably going to make it very expensive power.
    Putting aside the economics, logistics and of course physics, I would be concerned about “other” factors.
    A few years ago, people were very concerned about living in close proximity to high voltage transmission sources. Those were typically only 220,000 volts.
    There was evidence that you could hold a fluorescent tube under a high voltage power line and have it light up.
    There too were concerns about possible cancers etc. Where will the cable run?
    Food for thought …

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  3. Psuedo Guru
    Posted November 22, 2019 at 7:24 am

    An election coming?

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  4. Surprised !
    Posted November 21, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Clearly it is easier do redefine Ohms Law, than to do anything about making Alice a safer place and reducing the horrendous crime rate.

    For those who may not know about Ohms Law, trying to change it is akin to getting the sun to rise in the west.

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  5. Chris Slater
    Posted November 21, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Breaking the boom bust cycle wow. Sounds like spin to me.
    How about facts and figures. Projected start date, completion date, cost.
    “We are fast becoming an energy super power” and without a shovel full of dirt lifted.
    The minder who came up with that needs a holiday.

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  6. Interested Darwin Observer
    Posted November 21, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Clutching at straws to the extreme. Would the Chief please also provide an update on the development of property crime in Alice Springs?
    As it has DOUBLED – yes DOUBLED – under your government.

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