Western Australia to Indonesia Undersea Cable is Feasible

Jon Capistrano
Jon Capistrano
December 14, 2016

A private consultant believes an undersea cable to export solar power from the North West to Indonesia is financially viable even with its estimated construction cost between $6 billion and $10 billion as reported by Clean Technica

Geoff James, a consultant hired by the Pilbara Development Commission stated that the ambitious subsea cable project would build an underwater link capable of transporting solar power from Pilbara and Kimberley to Java in Indonesia. James is working on a pre-feasibility study, which he will deliver to the Pilbara Development Commission in January.

James said that the project is financially viable and would be possible within 10 years. He also added they have been assisted by project partners who have advised them that it is a technical stretch but it’s quite feasible. The technology exists and it has been tested at different lengths, various scales, and different depths across the world.

The project would need a solar panel farm with a radius of between 10 kilometers and 15 kilometers to be built in the Pilbara and Kimberley with a high voltage direct-cable transmission route that stretches from the Pilbara through the Kimberley and to Java.

James said that at least 2000 kilometers of the cable would stretch underwater. He said that the subsea element was being developed in consultation with Basslink and a silent project partner. He also said that the most significant issue for the project was the trade relationship with the Indonesian government.

Click here to read the story by Clean Technica

Featured Image Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Trending Posts

Making a Big Deal of Microgrids

Making a Big Deal of Microgrids

Australia is right now experiencing an energy revolution. It’s profoundly exciting. Yet if there’s one challenge we are facing, it’s that because the speed and scale of change is so vast, it’s easy for certain aspects of it to be overlooked a little now and then.

The Ambitions of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub
Green Energy

The Ambitions of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub

Australia has always known it would build stronger ties throughout Asia. There are many reasons for this, but central is the shared cultural and economic links that connect a nation of 25 million into a region of over 4.5 billion.