Member for Swansea and Shadow Minister for the Hunter – Yasmin Catley is calling on the Perrottet Government to install the state’s new super battery at the old Munmorah Power Station site.
The NSW Treasurer is the sole stakeholder in the former Munmorah Power Station site which was retired by Delta Electricity in 2012, before the Station was demolished in 2017. The site has since remained unused.
After the announced closure of the Eraring Power Station, the NSW Government committed to building the 700MW Waratah Super Battery. The Treasurer Matt Kean described the Super Battery as the “largest network battery in the Southern Hemisphere".
Invitations to tender for the project opened this month with a contract expected to be entered into in late 2022. Ms Catley has written to the Treasurer and Energy Minister urging them to locate the battery at the old Munmorah site.
Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change - Mr Jihad Dib said ‘As we move to different forms of energy we need to ensure affected communities are looked after with new jobs.’
‘This site makes sense given the availability of existing energy infrastructure.’
Ms Yasmin Catley MP – Shadow Minister for the Hunter said ‘The Munmorah Power Station site would be the ideal location for the Waratah Super Battery, with much of the necessary infrastructure in place’.
‘The Battery would take advantage of the Hunter – Central Coast Renewable Energy Zone which has received over $100 billion in investor interest, and will be the beating heart of our new clean energy economy.’
‘The Treasurer sees the benefit of locating the battery at the Munmorah site. This battery would not only create jobs during construction but would provide 10 to 14 ongoing jobs.’
‘The battery would help turbo charge the potential of the site for not just renewable energy but as a manufacturing precinct.’
‘We want to see the Government investing in good paying, secure jobs right here on the Coast’.
Mr David Harris MP – Shadow Minister for the Central Coast added ‘The Central Coast has a chance to continue it's role as an energy powerhouse, supporting jobs and piggy backing off existing infrastructure’.
Mr David Mehan MP – the Member for the Entrance said ‘Labor made sure the Central Coast would be part of our renewable energy future and Mummorah is the perfect spot for a battery’.
Liesl Tesch MP – Member for Gosford said ‘ This battery and the jobs that will come from it are a great opportunity for our community’.