Australia: Chinese horticulture company brings solar-powered facility to Whyalla

Whyalla is embarking on the most significant transformation in the history of the city. This was announced at Whyalla’s Big Reveal as Mayor Clare McLaughlin revealed three ground-breaking initiatives as part of the Whyalla City Transformation Blueprint.

Working with key partners - GFG Alliance, Beijing Enterprises Clean Energy (BECE), Pelligra Constructions, Peats Soil & Garden Supplies, the State and Federal governments and the Whyalla community - Council is aiming to create a city to live and work in that will be worthy of the global market leader status Sanjeev Gupta will be creating with his transformation of the GFG Alliance steelworks and associated mines.

The list of projects for Whyalla include a $145m renewable energy intensive horticultural development (BCEC), $45m foreshore hotel (Pelligra) and a $6m green organic recycling project (Peats).

BECE is a 100% owned subsidiary of Beijing Enterprises Water Group, one of the major state-owned companies in China.

BECE operates a broad range of renewable energy projects both in China and overseas, including solar farm, wind farm, battery storage, clean heating supply service, geothermal power, micro-grid network technologies and more.

BECE engages broadly into the entire industrial value chain, from investment, design, construction, operation to technical support and funds. The company has proposed to invest in a $145 million solar project combined with intensive horticulture operations in Whyalla.

This project is the first outcome from a recent Council delegation visit to China.

The facility will be built on a large parcel of land in the Whyalla Industrial Estate with Council pressing the need for as much local labour and materials to be used in its construction.

For more information:
www.whyalla.sa.gov.au


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