Delta Electricity has received development approval from the South Australian government for the 230-MW Goat Hill pumped hydro project. The 230MW/1840MWh project, located 12 km west of Port Augusta will involve an investment of approximately $410 million and create about 200 jobs during construction according to project developer Altura.
Work is already underway for detailed plant design and construction contracting so the Goat Hill project may be the first ‘shovel ready’ pumped hydro project in South Australia. The project is moving towards reaching an investment during 2018. The developer estimates the construction period will be two years and first generation is possible by late 2020.
The project is located near Lincoln Gap near Port Augusta in the Spencer Gulf. Water supply for this project will be from the SA Water Morgan Whyalla Pipeline. Evaporation covers will minimise losses.