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Sun Cable Australia engages ESC to undertake ESIA development for the world’s largest solar and battery project

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ESC is pleased to have been appointed by Sun Cable Australia as the key environmental and social consultant to develop an Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) as part of securing regulatory approvals for the installation of a 2,200 MW HVDC subsea cable through Indonesian territorial waters.

Sun Cable is developing the Australia-ASEAN Power Link (AAPL), a major energy infrastructure project that will supply renewable electricity to Darwin and the ASEAN region.

An integral part of the Australia-ASEAN Power Link (AAPL), it provides the key link between a 10GW solar farm in Australia’s Northern Territory through Darwin and into the 400kV Singapore transmission grid.

In addition to the core regulatory aspects, drawing upon our significant presence and experience in Singapore, Indonesia, and across the region, we will be providing environmental baseline services within Singaporean territorial waters and developing an Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) in accordance with IFC Performance Standards covering all three countries. 

Our strong presence and experience help support seamless regulatory approvals, single-point project management and reach across the Indonesian archipelago. Our team led by Toby Nugent and Pak Yahya Husin will work in partnership with the team at Sun Cable to execute a robust and cost-effective option for delivery of the environmental permitting aspects and ESIA. Planning and scoping works commenced in November 2020, and the overall timeline is expected to take around ten months.