Sian Crampsie

A group of renewable energy developers have proposed the construction of 6 GW of renewable energy capacity in Western Australia as well as subsea cables to export the energy generated to Indonesia.

Vestas, CWP Energy Asia and InterContinental Energy say that the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) will take advantage of abundant wind and solar resources of the East Pilbara region to deliver large-scale, stable and competitively priced renewable electricity to Indonesia.

It would also create a new manufacturing centre and supply chain for wind and solar energy systems in Indonesia.

The proposed plant would comprise wind energy capacity as well as solar hybrid technology, Vestas said in an announcement. It could be up and running by 2025.

In a statement, the partners said that they had been developing the proposal and assessing the viability of the project for three years and are now looking to engage potential Indonesian manufacturing, construction and investment partners.

Onshore and offshore development studies are underway, and an environmental review has been submitted, they added.

“The most important step in developing a project is finding the best site,” said Alexander Tancock, Managing Director of InterContinental Energy. “We spent two years investigating the entire northwest coast of Australia, and found this incredible location.

“Almost three times the size of Bali; it has a unique geography and topography that gives it far higher wind and solar resources than the average in that area. And those resources are perfectly complementary, with lots of sun during the daytime and high wind speeds in the morning, evening and night. That is why we can deliver such competitively priced power to Indonesia.”

“Wind and solar energy, working together, have enormous potential to supply reliable and competitively-priced renewable energy across regions,” said Alexander Hewitt, managing Director of CWP Energy Asia. “Given the increasing ability to move energy over long distances, the Asia Renewable Energy Hub is a compelling proposition for Indonesia – not only for supplying the energy, but for the economic benefits that come with establishing manufacturing facilities in Indonesia.”