Hybrid technologiesProject Alinta Fortescue Solar Gas Hybrid Project
This report documents the performance of the Chichester Solar Farm from December 2021. It analyses how the yield compares to initial forecasts and discusses the operational and environmental conditions that influenced the performance.
The complete power system integrates PV cells, lithium-ion batteries, diesel and gas fired reciprocating engines and gas turbine technologies across five physically distributed locations.
The Project is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, near the Chichester Ranges, approximately 150km North of Newman. Refer to Figure 1 and Figure 2 below for an overview of the location of the infrastructure. The distance from Alinta’s Newman Power Station to the Roy Hill substation is 121km. The new 220kV transmission lines which feeds power to the Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines are 26km and 35km respectively. The total line distance across the network therefore spans approximately 182km.