Pacific Energy ends year on a high


2021 saw Pacific Energy add more than 76 megawatts of power to its portfolio, taking it to over 550MW of contracted power generation capacity under long term electrical supply contracts.

The group, through its subsidiary businesses Contract Power, KPS Power Generation and Hybrid Systems Australia was awarded several contracts including a 42MW battery project with Fortescue Metals Group.

A number of Australian and World first projects were also awarded to the group, demonstrating the reliability, reputation and established proven track record of the Pacific Energy businesses combined with an embedded culture of an innovative and a progressive approach.

Some of the key achievements and projects for the past year have been:

• World first solar and ETC (Electric Turbo Compounding) conversion and upgrade at Iluka Resources’ Jacinth Ambrosia mineral sands mine in South Australia

• Australian first renewable hydrogen microgrid project in Denham, Western Australia, testing the capability of Hydrogen as a dispatchable power source in a remote microgrid environment

• Near completion of the Esperance Power Project an integrated thermal and renewables power station for Horizon Power comprising 22MW gas, 9MW of wind, 4MW solar and 4MW BESS

• A new 16,000 square meter production facility for Integrated renewables subsidiary, Hybrid Systems Australia at the Perth Airport Industrial Precinct. Understood to be the largest in the world dedicated to the design and construction of sophisticated Stand-Alone Power Systems (SPS) generating new jobs and investment in Western Australia manufacturing

• A joint partnership between Hybrid Systems Australia (HSA) and LAVO to trial and test the applications of LAVO’s hydrogen energy technology at HSA’s Kewdale facilities in Western Australia

• A new 20,000 square meter facility in Kalgoorlie for KPS increasing scale, jobs and service for the Goldfields and surrounds

• Commitment to a new Pacific Energy HQ, currently under construction in Kewdale.

Several projects awarded over the last 12 months also demonstrate Pacific Energy’s commitment to working with its mining clients to provide hybrid energy solutions to assist with reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to net-zero emissions.

In addition to the Esperance and Iluka projects, additional projects awarded or underway include:

• A 32MW hybrid gas and renewable energy solution for Strandline Resources

• Integrated 18MW hybrid gas, solar, BESS and LNG storage renewable power station for Galena Mining’s Abra Base Metals Project

• 17MW expansion of Thunderbox power station for Northern Star Resources • Construction of 175MW, low emissions gas fuelled power station well underway in the Pilbara, utilising latest technology Rolls Royce Bergen 11.65MW generators

• 6MW Build Own Operate solar farm for Pilbara Minerals Pilgangoora Operations

• A further 60 x SPS units for Western Power totalling 104 delivered units by Hybrid Systems in the largest SPS rollout in the world.

The acquisitions and addition of CPE Switchboards and MVLV Power Solutions (In May and October respectively) added further capability and support to the group, allowing key components of the Pacific Energy subsidiary businesses supply chain to be insourced.

Michael Hall, Group Chief Operating Officer said the inclusion of CPE Switchboards and MVLV Power Solutions to the group will turbo charge the groups capacity to meet increased demand of Standalone Power Systems (SPS) and to deliver large scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) units.

“The recent addition of MVLV Power Solutions, will greatly assist our internal capabilities and in particular provide us the ability to build utility scale BESS units locally, all in house by utilising the capability of Hybrid Systems inverter and battery integration knowledge coupled together with MVLV designed enclosures providing the ability to package together HV end to end solutions of large utility and DNSP systems”

Owned by QIC, a globally significant infrastructure investor since 2019, Pacific Energy is Australia’s one of the biggest off grid power companies in Australia.

CEO, Jamie Cullen said, “We are thrilled with the performance of the group and are poised for continued growth. Our team has grown significantly over the last 12 months from 174 to 413 staff and with the addition of CPE Switchboards and MVLV Power Solutions into the group this year, we now have seven subsidiary business units. We are focused on continuing to build a formidable team to further bolster the capability and experience that exists within the group”.