About the Asian Renewable Energy Hub
for South East Asia and for the Pilbara
The Asian Renewable Energy Hub is one of the most exciting energy projects in the world, with the potential to solve several key energy and sustainable development challenges facing Indonesia, to create significant new manufacturing opportunities and to generate cheap clean power for the Pilbara region, for new and expanded mines, for downstream mineral processing and potentially for the production of hydrogen for domestic and export markets.
The project will harness Western Australia’s abundant wind and solar resources, to export renewable energy to Indonesia via subsea high voltage DC power cables and to the Pilbara via new high voltage AC transmission lines.
While the electricity generated would come from Australia, the wind and solar generating equipment would be manufactured in Indonesia, which would create a new source of skilled, high-tech jobs in Indonesia, the development of a local supply chain and technology transfer. This is an opportunity to connect the South East Asia region and to unlock the possibility of developing this large-scale intercontinental renewable energy hub. There would also be equipment manufacturing jobs in Western Australia, plus approximately 4,000 thousand jobs during constructing and 400 during the 60 year operating period.
The proposed project includes:
- 6GW of wind and 3GW of solar generation
- Transmission power lines through the Pilbara to major settlements and mines
- Two subsea power cables from Australia to Jakarta and Singapore
- Over 33 TWh of total annual generation, of which 20 TWh would be exported overseas for new export revenues and regional economic interconnectedness
- A design life of 60 years
A consortium of global energy leaders
The Asian Renewable Energy Hub is being developed by a consortium of global energy leaders:
Project Development Consortium
Intercontinental Energy is a privately owned company focused on developing large-scale intercontinental renewable energy hubs. Incorporated in 2014 by a team with decades of experience investing in renewable energy, technology, and infrastructure projects, Intercontinental Energy is developing several renewable energy hubs around the world, with the Asian Renewable Energy Hub being its most advanced project.Learn More
CWP Energy Asia
CWP Energy Asia believes that all communities should have access to clean, sustainable and affordable energy. In Indonesia, the company was established in April 2015 to develop local renewable energy projects, the largest of which is the Asian Renewable Energy Hub. CWP has over two decades of renewable energy development experience worldwide, and has created over 2000MW of renewable energy generation capacity across 7 countries. CWP has been active in Australia since 2007, and in the last four years it has developed and financed more wind generation in Australia than any other renewable energy IPP.Learn More
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. With 87 GW of wind turbines installed in 76 countries, Vestas’ more than 22,000 employees have created more wind power than any other company. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and more than 73 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Having installed the first wind turbines in more markets than anyone else, Vestas is the wind industry’s true pioneer and the most experienced partner in emerging markets – including South East Asia, where Vestas has supported the establishment of wind energy markets in Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.Learn More
A leading global manufacturer of cables and the world’s largest supplier of subsea power cables.Learn More
Swire Pacific Offshore
A major global offshore contracting and installation company based in Singapore.Learn More
Energy Change Institute
The Australian National University’s Energy Change Institute (ECI) is a research partner for the Asian Renewable Energy Hub project. The ECI provides authoritative regional leadership in energy research, education and public policy through a broad portfolio ranging from the science and engineering of energy generation and energy efficiency, to energy economics, regulation, security, sociology and policy. The ECI and CWP are also partners in the Australia Indonesia Centre’s Energy Cluster.Learn More
Wind and solar for firm renewables
The Asian Renewable Energy Hub project site in the East Pilbara region in Western Australia has world class solar and wind resources. Significantly, those resources are perfectly complementary, with lots of sun during the daytime and high wind speeds in the morning, evening and night. That enables competitively priced predictable and firm renewable electricity output, 365 days a year
The export phase of the project is made possible by recent advances in subsea High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cable transmission technology that allow the cost-efficient transmission of electricity over very long distances.
The world’s leading undersea HVDC cable provider, Prysmian, is a project consortium member. Their new HVDC cables can each transmit over 1.5GW of power, with less than 6% losses over 2,000 km cable lengths. The Asian Renewable Energy Hub will utilise two such cables, for a total transmission capacity of over 3 GW.