SCEE secures $50 million Collie battery contract

Engineering services company Southern Cross Electrical Engineering’s (ASX:SXE) subsidiary SCEE Electrical has been awarded the Collie Battery Energy Storage System (CBESS) 330 kilovolt Switchyard Package valued at $50 million. 

The switchyard package is a contract variation to the balance of plant contract with Synergy for the 500 megawatt/2,000 megawatt-hour CBESS, which will support ancillary buildings and equipment to connect the Collie battery to Western Power’s network. 

Southern Cross, which has a market capitalisation of $443.51 million, says the Collie battery is expected to be completed in late 2025.

Managing Director Graeme Dunn says “this brings the total value of work for us on this project to approximately $210 million already, and I note there are many further battery projects to come here in Western Australia and in the rest of the country to support Australia reaching its net zero emissions targets.”

The Western Australian Government says the Collie battery will be one of the biggest battery energy storage systems in Australia. 

“Battery energy storage systems collect excess energy from rooftop solar and wind farms during the day and release it when needed in the evening and at peak times,” the government says. 

The package will include civil and structural works, testing and commissioning support of 330 kilovolt/33 kilovolt transformers, current and voltage transformers, and control room, and a communications system, which all tie into the Western Power network. 

Southern Cross Electrical Engineering is a national electrical, instrumentation, communications, and maintenance services group. The company is diversified across three broad sectors of infrastructure, commercial, and resources and are positioned to service the electrification and decarbonisation initiatives shaping the markets. 

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