Tasmania selected as preferred site for SunCable’s advanced cable manufacturing facility

490
Image credit: SunCable

SunCable has chosen Bell Bay, Tasmania, as its preferred location for its advanced high-voltage subsea cable manufacturing facility.

Should the advanced manufacturing facility be established in Tasmania, SunCable noted that it will be a vital enabler of the company’s flagship AAPowerLink project.

The construction of a purpose-built facility aims to address global supply constraints for high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea cable, as all advanced facilities are located in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the Tasmanian Government, the facility is expected to boost Australia’s renewable energy supply chain ecosystem and meet domestic demand for critical minerals and processing industries.

Adertisement

The State Government noted that Bell Bay was chosen as a potential site due to its size, proximity to a natural deep-water port, rail infrastructure, and renewable energy infrastructure.

The facility will include:

  • large integrated workshop buildings for the cable manufacture, storage, testing and supporting offices;
  • port facilities tailored to the transit of finished products loaded aboard specialised cable laying vessels; and
  • a tower for the critical vertical manufacturing procedures required to ensure the finest quality modern subsea cables are produced.

The facility will include 25-40MW of renewable energy for advanced cable manufacturing, requiring current trades and skills, and new capabilities unique to the high-voltage cable-making industry, enhancing the future-facing facility.

SunCable Chief Projects Officer Chris Tyrrell emphasises the crucial role of high-voltage subsea cables in the global energy transition and the transmission of green electrons within and between countries.

“Australia has an abundance of sunshine and wind. HVDC cable enables the export of this natural resource to the world, establishing Australia as a renewable energy superpower as well as an advanced manufacturing hub for critical supply chain,” Tyrrell said.

“SunCable will soon commence consultation with local communities and stakeholders. We welcome further input and feedback before proceeding with a final decision and subsequent development applications,” he added.

Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff welcomed the news, saying it is an excellent opportunity for the weekend as it confirms that the State has what the world wants.

“The proposed facility has the potential to significantly boost the region’s economic prospects. A project of this size could create over 800 construction jobs, and over 400 long-term advanced manufacturing roles across a diverse range of trades, skills and capabilities,” Premier Rockliff said.

“Our Government’s long-term plan supports major developments and investments in Tasmania as we continue to create jobs, boost the economy and make Tasmania the best place to work, live and raise a family,” the Premier continued.

Deputy Premier and local Member for Bass Michael Ferguson stated that the project’s good economic impact would be seen in the region for centuries to come.

“SunCable’s manufacturing facility would inject billions into the Tasmanian economy and I’m sure numerous Tasmanian businesses will see the flow on benefits of having such a project in our State,” Deputy Premier Ferguson added.

SunCable is partnering with the Tasmanian Government to develop workforce and training programs for the renewable energy transition.

SunCable also plans to collaborate with George Town, West Tamar, and Launceston Local Government Areas to advance site plans.

Construction is projected to commence in 2025, with the first cable manufactured in 2029 if the company decides to proceed with the Bell Bay site.