October 20, 2021

SMEC and Surbana Jurong join Global Expert Team to deliver the Australia-Asia PowerLink Project

One of the world’s largest renewable energy infrastructure projects, the AUD30+ Billion Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink), which will supply renewable electricity to Darwin and Singapore, reaches another milestone with the announcement of the Integrated Project Delivery Team (IPDT).

Photo caption: From L – R: Hari Poologasundrum, CEO SMEC, CEO International, Surbana Jurong Group; Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO, Surbana Jurong; Dr Fraser Thompson, Chief Strategy Officer, Sun Cable; Kiran Raj, Chief Financial Officer, Sun Cable

● A world-leading team of highly skilled experts from Bechtel, Hatch, Marsh, PwC Australia and SMEC (Surbana Jurong Group), have assembled to deliver this multi gigawatt scale project.

● The Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) will be one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects and will harness Australia’s abundant solar energy resource to deliver world-class dispatchable, competitively priced renewable electricity into Darwin, Australia and Singapore.

● The AAPowerLink will unlock direct investment and job opportunities, R&D, knowledge sharing, and open up future growth in new and emerging industries.

● The AAPowerLink’s total carbon emissions abatement is estimated at 8.6 million tonnes of CO2e per year.

One of the world’s largest renewable energy infrastructure projects, the AUD30+ Billion Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink), which will supply renewable electricity to Darwin and Singapore, reaches another milestone with the announcement of the Integrated Project Delivery Team (IPDT).

Bechtel, Hatch, Marsh, PwC Australia and SMEC (a member of the Surbana Jurong Group) provide a powerhouse of world-leading expertise - each company across different areas, to drive the future of renewable energy in Australia and the Indo-Pacific:

● Bechtel (Project Delivery), one of the world’s most respected engineering, construction and project management companies;

Hatch (HVDC Transmission), a global engineering, project management, and professional services company, and leader in complex engineering solutions;

Marsh (Risk Management), the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor;

PwC Australia (Project Advisory), part of the PwC global network, delivering financial advisory,

legal, consulting and assurance professional services, comprising an integrated infrastructure offering; and

SMEC (Solar Generation System), a global specialist engineering and design consultancy, and member of the Surbana Jurong Group, a provider of best-in-class infrastructure development solutions.

Each carefully selected company has a proven track record in developing and delivering complex infrastructure projects, together with a strong commitment to renewable energy giga-projects and providing global solutions to achieve net zero targets. Their combined experience across environmental, social and governance frameworks will also be essential in delivering a project of such scale and significance.

The AAPowerLink will create a game-changing, world-first renewable energy infrastructure system. Sun Cable will integrate a range of technologies and infrastructure to develop one of the world’s largest solar farms, to be located in the Northern Territory, Australia (17-20 GWp); the world’s largest battery (36-42 GWh); and the world’s longest undersea High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cable system from Darwin to Singapore (approx 4,200 km).

The AAPowerLink will be a high-capacity solar generation, storage, and transmission system that will transmit reliable, dispatchable renewable electricity from the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory to Darwin and Singapore markets. Its key components are:

● a solar farm precinct including energy storage and voltage source converter (VSC);

● a high voltage direct current (HVDC) overhead transmission line (OHTL) from the solar farm to


● VSC’s and a utility-scale battery in Darwin;

● a subsea HVDC cable system from Darwin to Singapore; and

● a VSC and utility-scale battery in Singapore.

The project is expected to begin construction from late 2023, with first supply of electricity to Darwin in 2026 and first electricity to Singapore in 2027 (full capacity by end of 2028).

Following the recent granting of the subsea cable route recommendation from the Indonesian Government and approval to undertake the next stage of the subsea cable survey, the appointment of the project management team is the next key milestone in delivering reliable, renewable energy from Australia to Asia.

Sun Cable is developing the AAPowerLink to provide renewable electricity to Darwin, in support of the Northern Territory’s ambition to develop an AUD40 billion economy by 2030. In recognition of partnership with the NT Government, Sun Cable signed a Project Delivery Agreement with the Chief Minister, Michael Gunner MLA, and was granted major project status in Jul 2019. Sun Cable is engaging with the First Nations stakeholders inclusive of Traditional Owners, recognised Native Title Owners, neighbouring communities, and Land Councils.

The AAPowerLink will also be capable of supplying up to 15% of Singapore’s electricity needs, with full capacity available from 2028. Sun Cable’s modelling shows AAPowerLink could reduce Singapore’s emissions by 6 million tonnes per year, matching the entire climate abatement gap in Singapore’s announced 2030 targets.

By unlocking the vast, world-class solar, and land resources that Australia has available, Sun Cable is creating the pathway for a new export industry, generating up to AUD2 billion per annum in exports for Australia, and forecasts the potential to directly and indirectly employ tens of thousands in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.

“To secure the support of these globally recognised experts is an important vote of confidence in the significance and feasibility of Sun Cable’s Australia-Asia PowerLink,” says David Griffin, CEO, Sun Cable. “Sun Cable is proud to have the expertise of Bechtel, Hatch, SMEC, Marsh, and PwC Australia reinforcing our team, as we deliver this game-changing infrastructure for Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. This project is designed to significantly accelerate the carbon zero ambitions of the region and we have brought together a dream team to bring it to fruition.”

James Phillis, CEO, SMEC Australia and New Zealand commented,At SMEC, we’re proud to continue our legacy as trailblazers in the renewables sector. SMEC has its origins in the iconic Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme and we have ever since continued our renewables journey, becoming leaders in solar and hydro-electricity. From inception, we have partnered with our clients to help them transition to a more renewable future. The Australia-Asia PowerLink will be the world’s largest solar energy infrastructure network and will be a game-changer for the renewable energy sector worldwide. As a member of the project delivery team, SMEC is excited to be a critical force in bringing this project to life – as a key technical partner SMEC will be harnessing our solar and renewables expertise and innovation to deliver a project of this size, scale and importance. I’m proud that SMEC is once again playing a key role in redefining the future of renewable energy.”

Hari Poologasundram, CEO SMEC and CEO International, Surbana Jurong, agreed, saying “Global challenges across the energy landscape require bold, innovative and multinational solutions. We’re proud to partner with the PDP and with our colleagues at Surbana Jurong to bring together the experience, skills and expertise required to deliver this project. It’s exciting to play our part in another game-changing renewable energy scheme that will make a difference to many communities.”

“Surbana Jurong is very excited to be part of this multi-national project development team whose vision is in step with Singapore’s goal to intensify solar energy deployment,” stated Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO, Surbana Jurong. “Surbana Jurong pioneered the design and construction of Singapore's critical infrastructure in the early years of nation-building, and is now actively contributing to the ecosystem to find innovative ways to help Singapore transition to cleaner energy, a key goal in the Singapore 2030 Green Plan. We are confident that the Sun Cable project development partnership will make significant contributions to uplift the level of renewable energy consulting and climate engineering expertise in the region.”

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