Bechtel Wins Work on Australian Pumped Hydro Facility From BE Power and GE Renewable Energy

BE Power and GE Renewable Energy have selected Bechtel to support the planning for a new pumped storage hydro energy facility named Big-T at Lake Cressbrook in southeast Queensland, Australia.

August 05, 2022. By News Bureau

BE Power and GE Renewable Energy have selected Bechtel to support the planning for a new pumped storage hydro energy facility named Big-T at Lake Cressbrook in southeast Queensland, Australia.

The project will support the transition of Australia's baseload of electricity away from its aging coal generation power plants and it will contribute to the Queensland Government's target of 50% renewable energy generation by 2030. 

Big-T will act as an extension to the national electrical grid by both producing and storing electricity. It will consist of a pumped hydro energy storage facility (400MW, 10 hours) and a battery energy storage facility (200MW, 1 hour), enough to power 288,000 homes with renewable energy.

Once operational, the plant is expected to deliver significant savings in electricity costs and improve the reliability of supply to consumers.

"We are pleased to secure the services of the global construction infrastructure leader Bechtel," said Scott Walkem, BE Power managing director. "Bechtel has significant expertise in the delivery of power infrastructure including hydropower. Further, Bechtel and GE have a long history of working collaboratively to deliver energy projects." 

"A sustainable energy future is today's global goal and energy storage facilities have a significant role in us achieving it," said Scott Osborne, Bechtel's general manager for Infrastructure in Asia Pacific. "Big-T will help create renewable energy opportunities for Queenslanders in terms of a more cost effective and reliable energy system, and local job and business opportunities not just in long duration storage but in the broader system it supports."

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