Clean energy company Sun Cable’s project aiming to send solar-powered renewable energy via an undersea cable from the Northern Territory to Singapore has been declared “investment ready” by Infrastructure Australia.
Backed by Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest, Sun Cable is vying to build the world’s first intercontinental power grid supplying renewable power. The company forecasts the project to deliver around $8 billion worth of investment into Australia and generate $2 billion in export revenues within six years.
Sun Cable wants to begin construction on the Australia-Asia Powerlink, which will run mostly through Indonesian waters, in 2024 and begin supplying electricity from the Northern Territory’s Barkly region to Darwin in 2027, with full operations to Asia by 2029. The 4200-kilometre -long cable would run underwater.
Sun Cable wants to create a minimum 800 megawatts of zero-carbon electricity for the NT abating 2.6 million tons of emissions and is projected to create 2000 direct jobs and spur the creation of 12,000 jobs indirectly.
It has the potential to supply up to 15 per cent of Singapore’s total energy needs via a 2,000-hectare solar farm in the NT.
Anthony Albanese has repeatedly lauded the project as an example of the clean energy economy he wants to oversee as Prime Minister.
He welcomed the Infrastructure Australia confirming the project’s economic merit.
“Sun Cable is an exciting project,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.