Sun Cable denies Coalition claims over coal and gas jobs



By Peter Roberts

The Coalition won the federal election on the basis that coal jobs must be protected and gas jobs must be developed in any shift to renewables.

And what would replace our fossil fuel exports, a fear that Labor also exploited in the office by developing not one, but three LNG gas export plants in Gladstone?

(The result of this for manufacturers was a tripling of our once very competitive local gas prices as the three competed to push more and more gas into Asia.)

None of this has ever been true.

We didn’t subsidize buggy makers or those who made gas sleeves when technology evolved, and as the world truly embraces renewables, our future in energy exporting has to be in areas. such as solar hydrogen and ammonia electrolyzed from water.

But this myth must surely be well and truly buried with the astonishing confirmation that Sun Cable’s plan to export solar electricity to Singapore has been expanded to become a truly revolutionary project.

As reported in @AuManufacturing last month, the Sun Cable Australia-Asia PowerLink is now a $ 30 billion megaproject.

The expansion follows promising feasibility studies and an agreement with Indonesia on the route of what will be the world’s longest submarine power cable.

What was a 14 GW solar farm south of Darwin became 17-20 GW, and what was 33 GWh of battery storage became 36-42 GWh.

Sun Cable will reduce CO2 emissions by 8.6 million tonnes, supply 15% of Singapore’s electricity needs and generate $ 2 billion in exports per year.

There will be 1,500 construction jobs, 350 to operate it and 12,000 indirect jobs.

Manufacturers and engineering construction will also benefit, including the use of the Maverick solar PV system designed and by Sydney-based manufacturer 5B.

5B’s revolutionary design, designed by founders Chris McGrath and Eden Tehan in 2013, allows panels to be deployed quickly to sites requiring minimal preparation, soil penetration and trenching.

But imagine what other Australian manufacturers could be used in the project if the federal government had spent as much effort and money as it did to save jobs in a dying industry?

We think of inverters, control electronics, batteries, cables, etc.

I hope not.

Image: Solar cable

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