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Hydrogen a potential energy option

The cost of hydrogen production could be competitive enough for Western Australia to become a exporter in the next decade, while use in applications such as remote area power systems is not far away.

Vicinity to spend $20m on WA solar

ASX-listed Vicinity Centres has announced it will invest about $20 million across three Perth shopping centres as part of the second stage of its national solar power project.

RCR cost blowout, FY18 loss and $100m raising

RCR Tomlinson has revealed the details of a $57 million write-down at one of its solar projects, with the contractor today announcing a $16.1 million loss for the 2018 financial year and a $100 million capital raising to help cover the cost overruns.

Waste-to-energy investment tops $870m

SPECIAL REPORT: Almost a billion dollars worth of waste-to-energy projects are in the pipeline in WA.

$3bn of projects amid market flux

SPECIAL REPORT: About $3 billion of electricity projects are in the pipeline in WA, but technological change and regulatory pressure are creating investment uncertainty.

Changes on horizon for Pilbara

SPECIAL REPORT: Moves to reform the Pilbara’s electricity sector will improve competition and lower prices, proponents claim.

Pacific extends MinRes contract to $30m

Pacific Energy has added a 17-megawatt power station to its recent contract at Mineral Resources' Wodgina lithium project, taking the total contract value to $30 million.

CCC flags corruption by former Horizon Power manager

The Corruption and Crime Commission has released its second damning report in less than a week, calling for criminal charges against a former Horizon Power IT manager, his business partner and his accountant.

Calima raising $65m for Canada

Subiaco-based oil and gas junior Calima Energy has raised $25 million through a placement, and aims to pick up a further $40 million through debt to underpin a drilling campaign at its Canadian exploration tenements.

Energy policy a power failure

Opinion: WA’s interest and those of other states are poorly aligned in terms of national energy policy, and the same is increasingly the case given US trade tensions with China.

Nahan commits to electricity competition

State opposition leader Mike Nahan has locked in part of his party’s energy policy early in the election cycle, pledging on the weekend to allow competition in retail power markets if his party wins the 2021 election.

NEG approved by states, questions remain for WA

States and territories have signed up to the federal government's proposed National Energy Guarantee today, and it will have a big impact on Western Australian industry despite the state not being part of the National Electricity Market.

Calls for nuclear waste facility in WA

WA-based Azark Projects is calling on the federal government to review its preference for a nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia, with the George Gear-led company proposing Leonora as a more suitable location.

Zenith in $40m debt facility

Zenith Energy has completed a $40 million issue of subordinated debt notes through FIIG Securities, with the proceeds to be used for refinancing existing debt, capital expenditure and acquisitions.

Zenith in Barrow Island power build

Belmont-based remote power provider Zenith Energy has won a contract to provide a 20 megawatt power station at Chevron’s oil operations on Barrow Island.

Report adds pressure to Synergy split

It may have gone largely unnoticed in Western Australia, but a recent report into the east coast's electricity market could have major implications for the state, including for government-owned monopoly power business Synergy.

$200m gas saving from tribunal decision

Gas users will save nearly $200 million over five years after the Australian Competition Tribunal dismissed a move by the owner of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to alter a pricing decision by the state’s Economic Regulation Authority.

Three WA winners target national EY awards

Three Perth entrepreneurs in the fields of solar energy, defence technology and engineering services are heading to the EY national finals.

Karratha gets a $25m mercury waste plant

A new mercury waste treatment plant in the state’s north-west is aiming to process a large share of the local oil and gas industry’s waste.

Forethought needed for lithium boom dreams

Lithium advocates have been cautioned to separate facts from hype as it is not yet clear if battery manufacturing in Western Australia will be practical, although refining plans should proceed immediately, according to Mckinsey & Co partner Prabhav Sharma.

Carnarvon jumps after staggering oil find

Shares in Carnarvon Petroleum were up 57 per cent today after the company revealed its joint venture partner Quadrant Energy had made an oil discovery described as staggering.

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