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Ministers visit Energy Renaissance battery project

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The Prime Minister Scott Morrison and industry minister Karen Andrews have visited the site of Australia’s first lithium ion battery manufacturing plant at Tomago in New South Wales.

The pair inspected the site where Energy Renaissance is investing $28 million to construct a 4,000 sqm facility with an initial battery production capacity of 66MWh per annum.

There are plans to scale the operation to 5.3GWh of energy storage per annum with an additional investment of more than $200 million.

Andrews said: “It might be a patch of land now – but this site in the Hunter will very soon be home to Australia’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturer Energy Renaissance.”

Managing director of Energy Renaissance Mark Chilcote said: “Over 1,700 direct jobs will be created during the construction and operational phase and another 6,500 indirect jobs will be generated for the benefit of the Hunter.

“The Hunter region has all the right skills, natural resources, expertise and an abundance in solar energy for us to develop a successful battery manufacturing business in Australia.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre supported the project with a grant.

Picture: Karen Andrews

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