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Maoneng receives approval for a 240 MWp/480 MWh BESS in Victoria

Last Updated on 08th January 2024

Maoneng, an Australian renewables developer, announced that its 240 MWp/480 MWh Mornington battery energy storage system (BESS) in Victoria has received development approval.


On Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, a standalone battery facility worth AUD 190 million will be installed. It is expected to be operational in the middle of 2023, and it will improve the area power grid's resilience and sustain it during off-peak periods and demand fluctuations caused by seasonal tourism.


Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries will be used in the project. During high demand periods, the system will store electricity and dispatch it to the grid. The energy generated will be enough to power 40,000 Australian households.


In the coming weeks, Maoneng plans to reveal its decision for an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor. The construction process is projected to take around a year.


Maoneng is working on a number of similar projects in Australia, including the Mornington BESS. The company filed a development application for a 225 MW/450 MWh battery near Adelaide, South Australia, in the past year, and was also said to be seeking approval for a 200 MW/400 MWh battery near Tamworth, a 150 MW/300 MWh battery near Armidale, and a 100 MW/200 MWh battery near Lismore, all in New South Wales.


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