Nomad and Enel secure approvals for two Wheatbelt renewable energy projects

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A wind turbine blade arrives at Geraldton Port.
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Two green energy projects in the Wheatbelt worth a combined $420 million have been granted development approval.

The regional development assessment panel green-lit a $220m battery at Merredin to be built by Nomad Energy and Atmos Renewables.

The West Australian in January revealed plans for a 400 megawatt-hour battery at the site — about twice the size of Tesla’s Hornsdale Reserve system in South Australia.

The project will help improve power reliability in the eastern part of the State’s main grid.

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Nomad managing director Guy Beesley said the partners were pleased with strong backing from the local shire and development panel.

He said the companies were still targeting financial close in the fourth quarter of this year.

“We’re well progressed on the grid connection work with Western Power,” Mr Beesley said.

Nomad and Atmos are tendering for an engineering, procurement and construction contract and expect to start works before the end of 2024.

The battery would start up in early 2026.

The approval comes just months after a huge portion of the State’s grid was plunged into darkness for days after a power transmission line was knocked out. Generators had been unable to restart the system.

Mr Beesley said the battery would be able to offer black start services to re-energise the eastern region of the grid.

Meanwhile, the $200m Flat Rocks Wind Farm was signed off by the State Development Assessment Unit on Friday.

Enel Green Energy wants to install 18 wind turbines near Kojonup with a capacity of 150MW.

The second stage of Flat Rocks will be developed by Water Corporation but will be assessed separately.

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