SCEE secures battery contract with Rio Tinto


Southern Cross Electrical Engineering (SCEE Group) has been awarded a contract by Rio Tinto’s Hamersley Iron for works at the Tom Price Battery Energy Storage for Spinning Reserve (BESSR) facility in Western Australia.

The contract in the Pilbara region is for the supply of civil, structural and electrical works for the installation of the balance of plant for the BESSR facility.

“As the global energy sector transitions into cleaner fossil fuels and on into renewable energy sources and storage the SCEE Group is well positioned to support this conversion to take place,” SCEE Group managing director Graeme Dunn said.

“I am particularly pleased to announce this battery project for Rio Tinto in the Pilbara following on from our NECA WA award-winning efforts at the Agnew Hybrid Renewable project.”

The integration of this battery energy storage system into the network operator’s existing power network has the goal of decarbonising the power generation portfolio and saving fuel costs.

“The SCEE Group is leveraged across many aspects of the lithium cycle including working at lithium mines, at lithium processing plants, manufacturing electric vehicle charging systems and installing the batteries themselves,” Dunn said.

“In turn, this is only a subset of the many decarbonisation initiatives which the SCEE Group enables.”

SCEE provides electrical, instrumentation and communication services to the construction of mining, LNG upstream and downstream projects and petrochemical refineries.

The company will commence work for Rio Tinto immediately, with the project scheduled to be completed in July 2022.

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