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Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) is pleased to announce that it has further strengthened its bank group by adding NORD/LB to its existing A$760M syndicated facility.
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Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) is pleased to announce that it has further strengthened its bank group by adding NORD/LB to its existing A$760M syndicated facility.

February 06, 2024


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Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) is pleased to announce that it has further strengthened its bank group by adding NORD/LB to its existing A$760M syndicated facility.

This follows a A$320M increase to Zenith’s existing A$440M syndicated facility which was completed in September 2023.

NORD/LB complements Zenith’s already robust lender group. NORD/LB is a leading financier of renewable energy and storage assets with over 1,000 renewable projects (equivalent to >60GW) and over 2.0GW of battery energy storage projects financed to-date across Europe, Americas, and Asia Pacific.

Ross Bennett, Managing Director of NORD/LB Structured Finance in APAC shares “NORD/LB is committed to financing the transition to a sustainable future by supporting our clients across our global platform. We are proud to be supporting Zenith Energy with its target for achieving net zero by 2035. This financing is particularly exciting to us because as Zenith helps regional off-grid miners convert their energy generation to sustainable sources, they are also accelerating the decarbonisation of downstream industries and ultimately end products”.

The addition of NORD/LB is another strong endorsement of Zenith’s capabilities and strategy to be a leading player in the decarbonisation of the mining industry.

Zenith CEO Hamish Moffat commented “We are pleased to add another high-quality international lender to our already strong Lender Group, as Zenith nears the completion of the Kathleen Valley Hybrid Power Station (96MW) and continues the construction of the Bellevue Hybrid Power Station (90MW) and Jundee renewable retrofit (53MW). Adding high quality lenders with strong project finance and renewable energy capability ensures Zenith has the financial capacity to fund additional material growth projects in our pipeline.”

Zenith continues to benefit from strong support from its institutional shareholders, Pacific Equity Partners, Foresight Group and OPTrust. These shareholders collectively have over A$60bn of funds under management and have significant energy infrastructure experience, having invested in renewables, thermal generation, and storage assets across Australia, Europe, and North America. These shareholders have collectively successfully developed over 1,500MW of greenfield, large-scale renewable projects.

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Zenith Energy wins big at Asian Power Awards

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Zenith Energy wins big at Asian Power Awards

November 10, 2023


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Zenith Energy clinched two major titles at this year’s 2023 Asian Power Awards: Independent Power Producer (IPP) of the Year – Australia; and ESG Programme of the Year – Australia.

The Awards which are celebrating its 19th year noted Zenith Energy now leads Australia’s IPP sector following a strong 2023 performance, and in its decarbonisation and broader ESG programme.

Zenith’s unique sustainability credentials, in-house capability and proven bankability have delivered a doubling of its contracted generation assets since FY21 from 316 MW to 695 MW today, with growth continuing to accelerate in the foreseeable future.

In FY23, Zenith has contracted and is constructing most of Australia’s off-grid high-penetration renewable power stations to become the leader in the IPP sector in Australia by installed capacity. It is also the sole owner and operator of all three green-titled microgrids connected to Western Australia’s South West Interconnected System (SWIS).
The company has grown its base EBITDA run-rate from ~ $41m, normalised for one-off operational impacts, to more than $108m run-rate inclusive of contracted projects and greater than $120m when factoring in projects awarded with contracts in progress.

This stellar performance has been driven by an improved earnings profile, quality of counterparties and underlying mines, and favourable debt facility terms.
Highlights of Zenith’s 2023 performance were its major contribution to the decarbonisation of Australia’s remote off-grid mining for critical minerals and precious metals, and its SWIS-connected microgrids for land developments in Western Australia.

“The rise in importance of ESG has shone a light on the desirability of working with Zenith. The only IPP in Australia to set a net zero target, Zenith, is on track to be net zero by 2035 across scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions,” the company said.

Zenith Energy’s Managing Director Hamish Moffat said “Zenith achieved significant milestones in 2023 including exceeding three million loss time injury free hours; sector leading engagement with First Nations communities; market share leadership; material EBITDA, and enterprise value growth; and delivering decarbonisation milestones ahead of schedule.

The Asian Power Awards, now in its 19th year, celebrates and honours companies and projects that have taken innovative and game-changing steps to address the effects of the climate crisis and meet the growing demand for energy.

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Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a debt financing, adding a new A$320 million tranche to its existing A$440 million syndicated facilities that were established in October 2022.

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Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a debt financing, adding a new A$320 million tranche to its existing A$440 million syndicated facilities that were established in October 2022.

September 04, 2023


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Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a debt financing, adding a new A$320 million tranche to its existing A$440 million syndicated facilities that were established in October 2022. The increase in limits attracted two new lenders, DBS Bank (DBS) and Natixis CIB (Natixis), joining existing lenders Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac), National Australian Bank (NAB), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), BNP Paribas (BNPP), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and Aware Super (Aware).

The A$320 million of new debt limits ensure Zenith has committed facilities to fund new growth projects including recent contract wins, notably the 96MW Kathleen Valley Hybrid Power Station for Liontown Resources, the 88MW Bellevue Gold Hybrid Power Station and a 53MW renewable retrofit of Zenith’s existing Jundee Power Station for Northern Star Resources. Significant committed facility headroom remains to fund further material growth projects.

Further commitments from existing lenders and the addition of DBS and Natixis to an already robust lender group is a strong endorsement of Zenith’s strategy and capabilities. The continued support from lenders facilitates Zenith’s desire to be a leading player in the decarbonisation of the mining industry.

Zenith continues to benefit from strong support from its institutional shareholders, Pacific Equity Partners, Foresight Group and OPTrust. These shareholders collectively have over A$55bn of funds under management and have significant energy infrastructure experience, having invested in renewables, thermal generation, and storage assets across Australia, Europe, and North America. These shareholders have collectively successfully developed over 1,500MW of greenfield, large-scale renewable projects.

Zenith’s financial advisers were Azure Capital and KPMG Corporate Finance and its legal adviser was Allens. King & Wood Mallesons was a legal advisor to the lenders.   

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Zenith Energy, through its subsidiary Ocean Reef Renewable Energy (ORRE), will own and operate an innovative electricity microgrid at DevelopmentWA’s Ocean Reef Marina development.

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Zenith Energy, through its subsidiary Ocean Reef Renewable Energy (ORRE), will own and operate an innovative electricity microgrid at DevelopmentWA’s Ocean Reef Marina development.

August 23, 2023


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Zenith Energy, through its subsidiary Ocean Reef Renewable Energy (ORRE), will own and operate an innovative electricity microgrid at DevelopmentWA’s Ocean Reef Marina development.

ORRE will be a vertically integrated licenced electricity utility – generator, distributor, and retailer – at the mixed-use Ocean Reef Marina precinct. 

This ground-breaking initiative will provide more renewable energy and lower electricity costs to its customers.  It will also serve as another milestone in the State Government and Zenith Energy’s journey to net zero emissions.

The microgrid will deliver more clean energy to customers and is targeting a 30% saving on annual electricity bills, relative to the relevant Regulated Tariff.

Ultimately, Ocean Reef Marina will introduce over 1,000 new residential dwellings, offering a variety of housing options such as single residential homes, and apartments. The release of the first residential lots is scheduled for late 2024.

Ocean Reef Marina is the second microgrid initiative by DevelopmentWA & Zenith Energy, building on the success of the electricity microgrid at Peel Business Park, launched in December 2020.

About Ocean Reef Marina

Ocean Reef Marina is a highly significant project for the state, expected to generate over 8,600 construction jobs and inject $3 billion into the Western Australian economy. It will feature Perth’s inaugural coastal pool and a family beach within the marina’s protected area.

Residents, visitors, and tourists will have access to a diverse range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options within the marina, boasting over 12,000 square meters of retail and commercial floor space, along with more than 5 hectares of community space.

For more information on the ground-breaking Ocean Reef Marina project, please visit:  https://developmentwa.com.au/projects/industrial-and-commercial/ocean-reef-marina/overview

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Zenith Energy has signed a renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement with Northern Star Resources Ltd. for their Jundee mining operation in the northern goldfields of WA.

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Zenith Energy has signed a renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement with Northern Star Resources Ltd. for their Jundee mining operation in the northern goldfields of WA.

June 27, 2023


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Zenith Energy has signed a renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement with Northern Star Resources Ltd. for their Jundee mining operation in the northern goldfields of WA.  It follows the two companies announcing an early works agreement for the project in January this year.

Jundee is an existing mining operation that will have wind, solar and battery retrofit and integrated into the existing gas power station. The renewable generation being added includes 24 MW of wind, 16.9 MWp of solar, and 12 MW / 13.4 MWh of battery energy storage.  This will provide 56% of the mine site’s power.

With the addition of our renewable energy PPA with Northern Star Resources Ltd. Zenith Energy will achieve and exceed its interim net zero milestone of reducing by 20% the carbon intensity of our business by 2025 from our 2020 baseline.  A target which includes scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

Achieving this milestone is a result of the incredible staff and strong relationships with our customers and suppliers.

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Zenith Energy forms Indigenous JV

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Zenith Energy forms Indigenous JV

Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith) and Tjiwarl Contracting Services (TCS) a wholly owned entity of the Tjiwarl Aboriginal Corporation, have completed the work to form an incorporated joint venture company, Tjiwarl Katu Power Pty Ltd.

May 30, 2023


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Zenith Energy forms Indigenous JV

Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith) and Tjiwarl Contracting Services (TCS) a wholly owned entity of the Tjiwarl Aboriginal Corporation, have completed the work to form an incorporated joint venture company, Tjiwarl Katu Power Pty Ltd.

“Katu” is the Tjiwarl word for Apex or Zenith. The JV name embodies the commitment of both partners to work together to make a difference to the lives of many Tjiwarl people. Formation of the JV is a milestone and significant step forward in our broader Engagement Agreement, which aims to enhance the health, wellbeing, and cultural integrity of the Tjiwarl people, their Country, and beyond.

The new company will initially provide power related services and power at Zenith’s renewable energy hybrid power stations on Tjiwarl Native Title determined land in WA’s northern goldfields. This includes on Australia’s largest off-grid hybrid renewable energy power station at Liontown Resources’ Kathleen Valley Lithium mining operations that includes 30MW of wind, 16MWp of solar PV, and 17MW/19MWh battery energy storage system (BESS).

At Zenith Energy and Tjiwarl Contracting Services, we believe in the power of collaboration and partnership. Together, we will strive to create a more inclusive and equitable power industry while respecting and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Tjiwarl people.

The full article can be found on Business News – Zenith Energy forms Indigenous JV (businessnews.com.au

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Bellevue Gold and Zenith Energy Partner to establish innovative hybrid power station for Bellevue Gold Project

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Bellevue Gold and Zenith Energy Partner to establish innovative hybrid power station for Bellevue Gold Project

Tier 1 Independent Power Producer (IPP) Zenith Energy is proud to announce the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellevue Gold Limited (ASX: BGL). This agreement marks a significant milestone in the development of the Bellevue Gold Project in Western Australia, bringing the project one step closer to its first gold production in the December quarter.

May 30, 2023


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Bellevue Gold and Zenith Energy Partner to establish innovative hybrid power station for Bellevue Gold Project

Tier 1 Independent Power Producer (IPP) Zenith Energy is proud to announce the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bellevue Gold Limited (ASX: BGL). This agreement marks a significant milestone in the development of the Bellevue Gold Project in Western Australia, bringing the project one step closer to its first gold production in the December quarter.

Under the terms of the agreement, Zenith Energy will finance, build, own, operate, and maintain a cutting-edge 88MW hybrid power station at the Bellevue Gold Project for an initial term of 15 years. This off-grid facility will utilise a combination of wind and solar generation, thermal generation, and battery storage to meet up to 80% of the project’s power needs with renewable energy. Furthermore, the hybrid power solution will allow the project to operate on 100% renewable energy and seamlessly switch to an ‘engine-off’ mode during periods of high renewable energy generation.

Hamish Moffat, managing director, and CEO of Zenith Energy said, “the signing of the PPA with Bellevue Gold marks a partnership that will continue industry leading decarbonisation, while also further developing the recently announced Tjiwarl Katu Power JV between Zenith Energy and Tjiwarl Contracting Services the wholly owned entity of Tjiwarl Aboriginal Corporation – the traditional owners and native title holders of the land on which Bellevue Gold is located.” 

Mr Moffat said, “Zenith Energy will apply its expertise in hybrid renewable power stations and ESG action to facilitate Bellevue’s achievement of their sustainability objectives.” 

Darren Stralow, Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer of Bellevue, expressed his enthusiasm for this partnership, stating, “This power purchase agreement is another key milestone on the path to the start of gold production later this year. The high utilization of renewable energy in the power station and the flexibility to time milling activities with renewable energy availability is central to our aspirational goal to be Australia’s first carbon-neutral gold producer.”

About Zenith Energy:

Zenith Energy is one of Australia’s leading independent power producers (IPP’s), specialising in tailored off grid hybrid power generation solutions. With a portfolio spanning throughout Western Australia, and the Northern Territory, Zenith has contracted capacity of more than 500MW of power generation, providing, sustainable, cost-effective, and reliable power solutions. Zenith Energy integrates innovative technology with a complete range of renewable energy, battery energy storage and low-emission thermal technologies, offering power solutions, with no boundaries.

Zenith Energy’s mission is to enable the resource sector and regional communities to achieve Net Zero.  It has committed to a target of net zero by 2035 for its scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. While this is an ambitious target, it is realistic and achievable with innovative commercial and technical solutions and when working with likeminded clients. 

Pacific Equity Partners, OPTrust and the Foresight Group are the majority shareholders of Zenith Energy and in aggregate have over A$55 billion of funds under management.

For further information please visit www.zenithenergy.com.au

About Bellevue Gold Limited:

Bellevue Gold Limited (ASX: BGL) is an Australian gold exploration and development company focused on advancing the Bellevue Gold Project in Western Australia. With a high-grade resource base and a commitment to sustainable mining practices, Bellevue aims to become Australia’s leading carbon-neutral gold producer.

For more information about Bellevue Gold Limited, please visit the ASX platform (ASX:BGL) or the company’s website at www.bellevuegold.com.au.

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NAB – Road to Zero

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In the latest Road to Zero episode, David Gall & Ritika Chopra from NAB visited Zenith Energy HQ and chatted with Hamish Moffat, Managing Director Zenith Energy, on progressing Zeniths own decarbonisation journey while investing into new technologies and more sustainable solutions to support their customers transition to a lower carbon future too.

April 19, 2023


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The Road to Zero, is a series that showcases NAB customer journeys to net zero and how their big ideas and passions are creating new business opportunities.

In the latest Road to Zero episode, David Gall & Ritika Chopra from NAB visited Zenith Energy HQ and chatted with Hamish Moffat, Managing Director Zenith Energy, on progressing Zeniths own decarbonisation journey while investing into new technologies and more sustainable solutions to support their customers transition to a lower carbon future too.

Please find the full episode below.

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Employee Spotlight – Simon Jelly

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Celebrating Simon Jelly's 10 years with Zenith Energy.

March 03, 2023


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Celebrating Simon Jelly and 10 years with Zenith Energy

Simon Joined Zenith in 2013 as the Technical Manager focusing on the engineering and design of Zenith’s power stations. Simon has overseen the design of more than 13 power stations and numerous upgrades since joining.

Simon’s role has evolved as Zenith has grown and in 2022 Simon was promoted to Executive Resources IPP Growth where his focus is continuing the growth of Zenith’s traditional resources based IPP core business.

Hamish Moffat, Managing Director said “Simon has been an integral member of our team since joining Zenith Pacific in 2013, he has continued to evolve and grow in his business capacity in lock step with our business as we continue to prosper. Simon’s continuing commitment and dedication to the business was manifest in the recent award of the Liontown project which can be attributed in no small part to Simon, our IPP Growth, Contracts and Commercial, Corporate Development and Engineering teams working together with his guidance“.

Please join us in congratulating Simon on 10 years of service with Zenith.

Doug Walker and Hamish Moffat presenting Simon Jelly with a Zenith Energy 10 years of service trophy in the reception of the Zenith HQ building.

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Why Zenith’s new offices are a ground-breaking Sustainability Project

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Why Zenith’s new offices are a ground-breaking Sustainability Project

As part of our ongoing commitment to Net Zero, Zenith Energy recently moved into new office premises, with the building set to become one of the highest-rated Green Star commercial developments in the City of Belmont.

December 06, 2022


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Zenith Energy’s Rivervale Headquarters

As part of our ongoing commitment to Net Zero, Zenith Energy recently moved into new office premises, with the building set to become one of the highest-rated Green Star commercial developments in the City of Belmont.

The complex features office space on the ground and first floors and is a representation of all that Zenith Energy embodies – it’s innovative, environmentally conscious and built for the future.

Green Star is an internationally recognised, independent sustainability rating system – up to six stars – setting the standard for healthy, resilient, positive buildings and places. Founded by the Building Council Australia, undertaking Green Star certification is considered to demonstrate leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.

As part of the Green Star assessment process, ratings are assigned to buildings based on five key criteria:

  • – Delivering a new definition of a sustainable building.
  • – Meeting the Paris Agreement.
  • – Responding to sustainability megatrends.
  • – Creating clear expectations for new buildings.
  • – Delivering opportunities for supply chain transformation.

Zenith Energy’s offices will meet the criteria through a suite of initiatives:

  • – A biophilic design, intended to increase the connection of the building’s occupants to the natural outside world, improving workplace wellness. Features include a provision of retreat-like breakout spaces, extensive planting, furniture to promote good health practices and artwork installations.
  • – The first floor opens onto a large terrace that allows staff to gather, withdraw from their work, relax and mingle with nature.
  • – A large glass façade and open plan work areas located on the Northwest side of the building allows natural daylight to penetrate deep into the building, minimising the use of artificial lighting and creating a visual connection with the outside world.
  • – Self–sufficient power generation from installed rooftop solar (at peak irradiance period at noon), with 55kw/h solar generation in the roof.
  • – Electric vehicle charging stations.
  • – Providing a training & education facility for the remote independent power producer sector.

It is thought to be the first commercial building of its kind within the City of Belmont, an important milestone for Zenith Energy as we continue to place ourselves at the forefront of Australia’s energy transition and take meaningful steps on the journey to Net Zero.

The goal for this project is a 4-5 star rating, which certifies a project as ‘Best Practice (4 stars) or Australian Excellence (5 stars).

In addition to the Green Star rating, we are also seeking a 5-star rating from the government’s National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).

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Zenith Energy Completes Debt Financing

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Zenith Energy Completes Debt Financing

Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) announces that it has successfully completed a debt financing process. All existing external debt facilities were refinanced alongside significant committed (but as yet unutilised) limits to support growth capital expenditure related to new generation solutions.

November 23, 2022


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Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) announces that it has successfully completed a debt financing process. All existing external debt facilities were refinanced alongside significant committed (but as yet unutilised) limits to support growth capital expenditure related to new generation solutions.

The A$440 million, five year, syndicated debt facilities (the Facilities) were entered into with Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac), National Australian Bank (NAB), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), BNP Paribas (BNPP), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and Aware Super (Aware).

The available growth capital expenditure facilities support new generation projects as well as growth in the urban and remote microgrid segment. Zenith Energy is actively participating in the energy transition of the resources sector by delivering renewable power technologies as part of the total energy package and supporting lower emissions solutions for mine site energy supplies.

The Facilities also provide a flexible platform for increasing committed limits and further expanding Zenith Energy’s lender relationships via an accordion feature.

Zenith Energy is proud to be partnering with such a respected and well-regarded lending group. As well as support from existing lenders, most of the lending group are new lenders to Zenith Energy, a strong validation of Zenith Energy’s strategy and capability.

“Finalising a new debt facility is a significant milestone for Zenith Energy. Establishing a group of Tier 1 domestic and international lenders provides Zenith with additional funding certainty, alongside the long-term capital provided by our institutional shareholders (Pacific Equity Partners, Foresight Group and OPTrust) who collectively have over A$55 billion of funds under management. This facility further supports Zenith’s leading role in decarbonising the mining industry.” Zenith Energy Managing Director and CEO Hamish Moffat

Azure Capital and KPMG acted as financial advisers to Zenith Energy. Allens acted as legal adviser.

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Significant Milestones at Zenith Energy

Last month Zenith Energy made two key announcements that have put a spotlight on our growth ambitions while also highlighting our ability to make strategic decisions to position our company at the forefront of Australia’s energy transition.

October 10, 2022


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Last month Zenith Energy made two key announcements that have put a spotlight on our growth ambitions while also highlighting our ability to make strategic decisions to position our company at the forefront of Australia’s energy transition.

We proudly confirmed the acquisition of Peel Renewable Energy as our first non-resources asset and announced Zenith as the recipient of a Letter of Award from Liontown Resources to Build, Own and Operate what is expected to become the largest remote off-grid renewable energy hybrid power station in the country.

Both announcements represent forward steps on our journey to Net Zero, highlighting our commitment to increasing the proportion of renewable generation in our portfolio and further assist our clients in their journey to decarbonise.

The Liontown Award will enable us to demonstrate our innovation, flexibility, and expertise in delivering low-carbon hybrid power solutions, while also once again raising the industry benchmark in renewable energy integration.

Furthermore, with the thermal components of the power station designed to operate in ‘engine off’ mode at various times, it’s another opportunity for Zenith to showcase the ability of renewables to deliver reliable, continuous supply, to power an entire mining operation.

This aligns with the acquisition of Peel Renewable Energy, which will also see Zenith take on responsibility for the Peel Renewable Microgrid, a vertically integrated generation, distribution, and retail business, supplying power to the Peel Business Park, south of Perth.

It will allow Zenith to leverage our knowledge of islanded generation infrastructure, capitalising on our expertise and skillset, while also providing future opportunities for growth and expansion.

Both projects will also allow Zenith to demonstrate that our innovative power solutions work in real world environments, providing confidence to the sector overall.

It’s a key step in making renewable technologies more available, as it’s only once the technology is proven to be able to be successfully integrated and effective – and able to support industrial loads while also maintaining security of supply – that we can increase demand and allow our technology partners to develop economies of scale.

It’s an exciting time for Zenith and it’s clear we’re embarking on our next chapter of growth as a business, allowing us to continue to play a lead role in the energy transition, while also providing like-minded partners with a glide path to Net Zero.

Read International Mining’s Liontown article here

Read The West Australian Liontown article here

Read Perth Now’s Peel article here

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Zenith Energy Hits Key Milestones at Warrawoona

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Zenith Energy Hits Key Milestones at Warrawoona

Warrawoona is a unique project for Zenith, which we first highlighted earlier this year. It’s been an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise and ability to meet client expectations around reliability, security of supply and reducing overall emissions, while also taking into account the remote location and planning for various contingencies.

September 21, 2022


A few months ago, two 120 tonne LNG bullets made their way from Dampier to Warrawoona, the Caldius-operated mine site near Marble Bar, in what was a complex logistical journey and the next step in Zenith Energy’s commitment to reduce emissions on site.

The arrival of the LNG bullets marked a fresh milestone for the project as work on the gas-fuelled power station is finalised, with commissioning expected to be complete by the end of the month.

Warrawoona is a unique project for Zenith, which we first highlighted earlier this year.

It’s been an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise and ability to meet client expectations around reliability, security of supply and reducing overall emissions, while also taking into account the remote location and planning for various contingencies.

We’ve been consistently supplying power on site since March, after commissioning what is essentially the ‘back up’ diesel power station, which then allowed Calidus to complete its first gold pour in May.

However, in order to facilitate a reduction of emissions, work has also been progressing on a high efficiency gas/solar hybrid power station, which will significantly reduce diesel usage and also eventually overall LNG usage.

The remote location and particular geography on site has meant constructing two power stations and a 4MW DC Solar Farm hasn’t been without its challenges, and we’ve also had to manage external challenges such as supply chain delays, which impacted the expected arrival date of the LNG bullets.

The logistics around moving the bullets also had to be taken into consideration, requiring specialist equipment and personnel, as well as an intimate knowledge of the location to which they were travelling. It was a mammoth operation, taking two days in total, with the final 30 kilometres of gravel road into site taking almost a full day in itself.

However, despite all of this, Zenith is proud to be consistently meeting client expectations, hitting the original deadline for supply of power, and on track to integrate renewable energy generation before the end of the year.

As an ESG enabler for our clients, Zenith is continually working to develop ways to increase renewable penetration and have previously highlighted our collaborations with like-minded companies to ensure we have the technological solutions and expertise within our wheel-house.

We are seeing all this come to fruition at Warrawoona, and we’re also able to leave the door open for a potential expansion of solar penetration if required in the future.

It’s the latest example of Zenith’s commitment to supplying our clients with safe, secure, reliable power generation, and continuing on our journey to achieving Net Zero by 2035. 

Read Australian Mining’s Warrawoona article here

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Zenith Energy and Liontown Resources to Partner on Australia’s Largest Off-Grid Renewable Energy Hybrid Power Station

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Zenith Energy and Liontown Resources to Partner on Australia’s Largest Off-Grid Renewable Energy Hybrid Power Station

Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) has received a Letter of Award from Liontown Resources to build, own, and operate what is expected to become the largest off-grid renewable energy hybrid power station in Australia at Liontown’s Kathleen Valley Project.

September 12, 2022


Zenith Energy Pty Ltd (Zenith Energy) has received a Letter of Award from Liontown Resources to build, own, and operate what is expected to become the largest off-grid renewable energy hybrid power station in Australia at Liontown’s Kathleen Valley Project.

The award was announced to the ASX on Monday September 12, and will see Zenith Energy construct a 95MW hybrid power station at Kathleen Valley in WA’s Goldfields-Esperance region, which includes 30MW of wind capacity, 16MWp fixed axis solar PV array, and 17MW/19MWh battery energy storage system (BESS).

The partnership will allow Zenith Energy to demonstrate its innovation, flexibility, and expertise to deliver low-carbon emitting hybrid power solutions.

We are proud to continue to play a lead role in the energy transition, and to provide like-minded partners with a glide path to Net Zero.

The project also further demonstrates our continued commitment to increasing the proportion of renewable generation in our portfolio.

The thermal components of the power station are designed to operate in ‘engine off’ mode at various times, delivering 100% renewable energy generation to Kathleen Valley.

It’s an exciting opportunity for Zenith Energy to showcase our expertise, and the ability of renewables to deliver reliable, continuous supply, to power an entire mining operation.

We believed it will once again raise the industry benchmark in renewable energy integration and demonstrates our commitment to power decarbonisation.

Other unique aspects of the agreement include;

Largest Off-Grid Hybrid Power Station in Australia: The hybrid power station is currently expected to have the largest off-grid renewable capacity of any mining project in the country, with 46MW + 17MW BESS.

Renewable Incentives: A combination of incentives to produce renewable power over thermal power together with a renewable energy guarantee will allow Liontown to meet and exceed its renewable energy factor target of 60% at startup and beyond.

Liontown Managing Director and CEO Tony Ottaviano says Liontown is delighted to partner with such an experienced and highly competent power producer.

“We believe Zenith Energy is an ideal partner to delivery an industry leading hybrid power station to meet Liontown’s energy needs and requirements for a high-capacity renewable solution.”

“The hybrid power station proposed will enable Liontown to exceed our target of achieving at least 60% renewable energy at Project start-up and beyond.”

Zenith Energy is engaged with Traditional Owners, recently announcing a collaboration with Tjiwarl Contracting Services to work together to deliver low carbon emission power solutions for miners and communities on Tjiwarl native title determined lands.

Zenith Energy and Liontown have agreed key commercial terms and are working to finalise arrangements under a binding long term Build, Own and Operate (BOO) Power Purchase Agreement.

Read Business News Liontown article here

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Zenith Energy Acquires Peel Renewable Energy

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Zenith Energy Acquires Peel Renewable Energy

Zenith Energy is proud to confirm it has acquired its first non-resources asset in Peel Renewable Energy, taking ownership of WA’s first renewable industrial microgrid.

September 05, 2022


The unique deal sees Zenith take on responsibility for the Peel Renewable Microgrid, a vertically integrated generation, distribution, and retail business, supplying power to the Peel Business Park, a new industrial estate south of Perth being developed by DevelopmentWA, Western Australia’s State Government land developer.

The acquisition will see Zenith take ownership and operational control of the Peel Renewable Microgrid, including the 22kv electricity distribution network, the current 1.2MW solar array and 2.5MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) as well as the smart grid connection to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

The onsite renewable generation and battery storage assets are expected to grow to upwards of 50MW over the next decade, matching the growth in the development area and customer numbers at the Peel Business Park.

The acquisition is the first step in our diversification strategy, and positions the company at the forefront of Australia’s energy transition.

Furthermore, Peel Renewable Energy represents an exciting opportunity to enter the urban microgrid segment in WA and leverages our knowledge of islanded generation infrastructure.

Given our extensive expertise in hybrid behind the meter generation and distribution, including in remote areas, the acquisition of the Peel Renewable Energy business aligns perfectly with our overall strategy and skillset, while also providing opportunity for growth and expansion.

It also continues to demonstrate Zenith’s commitment to increasing the proportion of renewable generation in our portfolio.

The expansion of the Peel Renewable Microgrid in coming years, and the ability to leverage this platform to establish similar new projects offers attractive growth opportunities within Zenith’s portfolio, which will be supported by staff at Peel Renewable Energy.

Management at Peel Renewable Energy will become part of the Zenith team, supporting development at the Peel Business Park and assisting in boosting operational capability and growth of the Peel Renewable Microgrid – the deal is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved.

Existing arrangements between Peel Renewable Energy and DevelopmentWA will continue, including the long-term contract to provide electrical infrastructure and renewable energy supply and services to customers in the Peel Business Park.

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