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4.5GW mega project by WA Liberals


Feb 20, 2021

Zak Kirkup, Western Australian Opposition Leader, has announced an ambitious new energy project, which is part of the renewable energy plan. The $9 billion megaprojects will be built between Geraldton and Shark Bay, and it is expected to have a total capacity of 4.5GW. Kirkup said that the project would create over $400 million jobs, and it will help get rid of coal. The investment will be directed to wind and solar power, and renewable energy will be transformed into green hydrogen used in the transport industry.

Kirkup also said that by 2025, Liberals would also install another 1.5GW wind and solar power project in the Mid-West. This will be achieved after Liberals finish constructing the $500 million transmission line that extends from Three Springs to Geraldton.  Kirkup said that it reduces carbon emissions and supplies clean power to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

Kirkup said that the state government would lead by example as it will attain zero-emissions by 2030, including state vehicle fleet, public transport system, and state-owned power network. As part of the plan, all government-owned coal-fired energy stations such as the one in Collie and Muja will be closed by 2025. The Labor government vowed between 2022 and 2024; it will close two out of the four generators that operate at Muja Power Station. However, it didn’t clarify when the entire facility will be closed down.

Kirkup said that transition to clean energy is the only way to reduce carbon emissions and move with other nations that are already shifting to renewables. He added that the best thing is to ensure that they have a plan for the sake of the next-generation, saying the use of coal in WA has progressively gone down. Kirkup noted that the Liberal’s New Power Jobs Plans would help WA and the entire nation and attract over $16 billion from private and public investment in the next ten years. The mega project is expected to change the whole of Western Australia’s power system for over fifty (50) years.

However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison pushed for new coal investments and did not specify when Australia will reach net-zero emissions. Speaking in a National Press Club, Scott said that they target to attain net-zero emissions shortly, saying preferably by 2050. Many nations across the world have set timelines on when to reach carbon-neutral and net-zero emissions.