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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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How an Investment in People is Helping to Deal with Key Challenges in the Industry

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How an Investment in People is Helping to Deal with Key Challenges in the Industry

As the mining and resources industry – and others – continue to deal with Australia’s tight labour market, supply chain congestion and global uncertainty, we at Zenith Energy believe our ability to tackle these issues head on is the result of having the right people within our team, and a strong workplace culture.

August 16, 2022


As the mining and resources industry – and others – continue to deal with Australia’s tight labour market, supply chain congestion and global uncertainty, we at Zenith Energy believe our ability to tackle these issues head on is the result of having the right people within our team, and a strong workplace culture.

While supplying power to remote mine sites is a challenge in and of itself, the last two years has added pressure in other areas.

Recruitment has been our biggest issue of the past 24 months, and while I believe we’re through the worst of it now that Western Australia’s border has reopened, it’s still a very tight labour market.

Added to that is supply chain congestion and general global uncertainty, which is pushing up prices in many areas, and you can understand the difficulties we’re facing as a company.

However, we’re getting through it because at the heart of company is good, experienced people, and we strongly believe in the value of communication.

Zenith Energy has worked hard to build a strong workplace culture over the past 15 years, and it’s paying dividends.

Knowledge and accountability are among our core values, and we’re seeing this play out in what has been a challenging couple of years.

For example, where supply chain congestion has pushed back arrival times for vital infrastructure, we know we have the right people in place to demonstrate to clients that we are experienced at developing innovative solutions, and we can communicate those solutions effectively.

We invite our clients into our wheelhouse so they can see what we do, and how we do it. And that’s working well for us.

Our commitment to communication is also assisting in dealing with other key issues;

  • Recruitment: With WA’s unemployment rate sitting at 3.4% in June, and the national rate at 3.5%, recruitment is likely to be tough for a while longer. However, Zenith is also looking at employee incentives beyond money, offering training, upskilling and growth opportunities. This in turn creates longevity and loyalty among staff, further boosting the company culture.

  • Global Uncertainty: Aside from pushing up the cost of doing business, global uncertainty is also impacting commodity prices. The value of open, two-way communication between Zenith and our clients is essential to ensure we’re on the same page moving forward, and no one is surprised by sudden changes.

The rise in global fuel prices is also impacting the industry, and while Zenith is insulated somewhat by not supplying fuel in most instances, it’s resulting in some companies taking a fresh look at renewables.

While renewables can be seen as an expensive capital investment, the soaring cost of oil, diesel and gas means renewable power generation becomes a more attractive longer-term investment.

We’re also seeing technology advances making installation of renewables more cost-effective and time efficient compared to even a few years ago, which makes it more attractive again.

An emerging challenge we’re anticipating in coming years will be addressing the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) expectations of clients, especially in the context of meeting our own 2035 target for Net Zero.

But, the great thing about that challenge, is that once again we know we have the right people in place.

There are still many paths to travel, but we’re in a good spot as we have a lot of really smart people to take on that responsibility, and showcase their knowledge and experience. I’m confident we have some exciting times coming.

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Cooperation and Collaboration – Why Working Together is Vital to Achieve Net Zero

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Cooperation and Collaboration – Why Working Together is Vital to Achieve Net Zero

With almost four decades of experience behind me, I’ve learned that in order for businesses to successfully achieve their goals, they must identify when it’s necessary to collaborate, rather than attempt to go it alone.

June 07, 2022


While it sounds simple, it can be a difficult concept for businesses to grasp and requires a certain level of self-reflection.

At Zenith Energy, we recognise there are several challenges that must be overcome to allow us to achieve Net Zero by our company-set target of 2035.

While Zenith has developed a team of highly experienced people with the industry knowledge to develop the solutions required, we are also acutely aware that to be successful, we need assistance from outside our company.

It’s for this reason that Zenith has embarked on a number of partnerships – including two we recently announced: the agreement with 5B to become a 5B Maverick System deployment partner, and also our collaboration with IGO to achieve 100 percent renewable power generation at the Nova nickel site in the WA Goldfields.

In each instance, Zenith was keen to partner with like-minded companies, who are also striving to reach decarbonisation milestones.

It allows us to work together, drawing on each other’s niche skills and expertise to develop a multi-faceted solution.

However, in order for it to be successful, it first requires us to recognise our own unique skill-set, and then search for collaborations that complement that skill-set and provide missing pieces of our particular puzzle.

It’s this pragmatic mindset that sits at the heart of our culture at Zenith and allows us to provide individualised power generation solutions to our clients.

I have previously spoken about Zenith’s ability to embrace the patchwork of people within our own organisation, with each employee bringing a particular set of circumstances and experiences to the table.

The same can be said of our industry, and it’s important that we embrace this wider patchwork where required, to empower Zenith in being able to reach our goals.

Business collaborations aren’t new, and in the case of Net Zero, it’s far too great a challenge for any one company to attempt on their own.

Instead, we must create partnerships that deliver mutual benefits, and enhance the delivery of skills to achieve a shared goal.

  • Doug Walker

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Zenith Energy Partnering with Tjiwarl Contracting Services and Carey Group Training to Provide Opportunities for Future Generations

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Zenith Energy Partnering with Tjiwarl Contracting Services and Carey Group Training to Provide Opportunities for Future Generations

At Zenith Energy, we don’t take our reputation as one of Australia’s leading power producers lightly, and we’re acutely aware of the need to continue to learn and grow as a company, not just in our methods of power generation, but also our engagement with the community.

May 18, 2022


Working in some of the most remote areas of the country, it’s important to us that we also engage with traditional owners of the land, which is why we are proud of our recent partnership established with Tjiwarl Contracting Services, marking the start of a mutually beneficial relationship.

Commercially, the agreement will see Zenith and TCS work together to deliver low carbon power solutions for miners and communities on Tjiwarl native title determined lands. It will also see the creation of Joint Venture Project entities which will assist in building the capacity and capability of TCS, with reserved scopes of work.

However, we are confident the partnership offers much more than this, and will go some way to providing a framework for future discussions with other Traditional Owner Groups in the near future.

Indigenous engagement is an area in which we as a company are consciously trying to do more, to ensure the language written into our contracts around Indigenous participation carries with it some substance, and produces a tangible result.

Tjiwarl Director and Native Title Holder Kado Muir said while the commercial aspects of the agreement are essential in providing economic opportunities for Aboriginal people on their land, the partnership also provides the basis of a culturally-grounded business model.

“By engaging in a relationship like this, you’re taking a traditional business model and business practice, and sitting across the table with a Traditional Owner Group, to build a new culturally-grounded business model.”

“An agreement like this shows Zenith is paving the way in supporting Tjiwarl to address socio-economic disadvantage, while also creating a new opportunity for Zenith employees to expand their cultural awareness and understanding.”

It’s this cross-cultural awareness that Zenith is working to expand and build on, not only through our partnership with Tjiwarl Contracting Services, but also through the development of a relationship with Carey Training Group.

Zenith will work with Carey Group Training to employ an Indigenous apprentice within our maintenance team, offering experience and learning opportunities backed up by culturally appropriate pastoral support.

While employed by Carey Group Training, the apprentice will be embedded within Zenith sites, with the ultimate aim of being employed by Zenith at the completion of the four-year program.

In the same way that we hope our work with TCS will provide valuable experience for Zenith moving forward, we are also confident our work with Carey Group Training will assist us in developing a culturally appropriate and inclusive workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We know that economic participation and development is paramount in enhancing and advancing the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people, which is why Zenith is also in the process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan.

The plan is a recognition that there is still more work to do to ensure that we can provide culturally appropriate support in the workplace, and offer a higher level of cross-cultural awareness across all staff.

It’s clear that we stand to learn from the cultural knowledge of Traditional Owners and other Indigenous groups, so that we don’t just occupy space on country, but appreciate the rich history and background where our operations exist.

It’s this kind of knowledge sharing that has the ability to produce strong outcomes for Zenith and the groups we engage with, and provide a foundation for our continued reconciliation journey.

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Why Zenith is Commited to Net Zero by 2035

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Why Zenith is Commited to Net Zero by 2035

At a time when some companies are only just starting to have serious conversations around decarbonisation and what that might look like, it is with pride, Zenith Energy can point to its past – having taken the initial steps on the journey to Net Zero almost a decade ago.

April 06, 2022


Since 2015 Zenith has quietly worked to develop the concepts needed to reduce emissions, while collaborating with like-minded clients and original equipment manufacturers to pilot and integrate the technology required.

We’ve taken significant steps forward, from being the first Independent Power Producer to introduce the industry-benchmark Jenbacher gas engine into the Australian market, right through to our most recent partnership with IGO – providing 100% renewable daytime penetration at Nova operations in the WA Goldfields.

While commercial drivers must be acknowledged as a major factor in the entire industry moving to decarbonise, at Zenith we are equally invested in the moral responsibility of reducing emissions.

As an organisation we have developed a workplace culture based on strong relationships, with an emphasis on honesty, integrity, and respect.

It is from this base that we can genuinely strive to make a difference, which is a major motivation in our proactive pursuit of Net Zero.

Our culture is one of innovation and growth, looking at perceived challenges as opportunities to develop our people and employ their unique skills to come up with unique solutions.

We have a deep conviction that not only should we reduce emissions, but we also want to be part of the developing solutions and bring our clients and the mining and resources industry on the journey to Net Zero with us.

Zenith has publicly stated its commitment to Net Zero by 2035, and while we acknowledge this is an ambitious target, it’s also one we are confident we have the ability to achieve together with our partners.

For some time now we have been actively involved in the development and piloting of various technologies, with the aim of being able to integrate these into our existing portfolio and on future projects.

It means we have built a solid reputation of being able to deliver innovative renewable solutions, able to respond to the needs of our clients at differing stages on their journey to Net Zero.

As the rate of change continues to accelerate throughout industry and globally, Zenith is committed to continuing to adapt, adopt and integrate emerging technologies, not just because we believe should, but because we believe we can.

Read The West Australian’s article here

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Industry First 100% Renewable Energy Generation to go ahead on WA Mine

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Industry First 100% Renewable Energy Generation to go ahead on WA Mine

Zenith Energy is proud to build on our partnership with IGO – to begin powering the Nova mine-site 100% with renewable energy continuously for up to nine hours – in what will be an industry first.

January 21, 2022


Zenith currently own and operate a hybrid power station at the Nova nickel site in the WA Goldfields and will now expand the renewable generation to successfully operate ‘engine off’ for up to nine consecutive hours a day.

The site is currently powered through a combination of solar and diesel engine generation. By adding an additional 10MW of solar panels, and a 10MWh Battery Energy Storage System the system expansion will allow for 100 percent renewable power generation during daylight hours, weather conditions withstanding.

It’s an important next step on the journey to Net Zero and will set a new industry benchmark in terms of continuous operation of a mine site exclusively on renewable energy, and the integration of renewable energy into a mine site’s power system.

This project sends a strong message to the industry that powering an entire site completely on renewables is possible today.

Here at Zenith, we’re taking on the responsibility of not only developing the concepts to advance renewable solutions, but also piloting and proving the integration of technologies needed.

The Nova project will require us to integrate specific technology into the power system to provide inertia and stability, ensuring a continuous, reliable supply of power.

It will demonstrate a number of key points;

  • ‘Engine Off’ is Achievable: While there are currently non-industrial micro-grids operating on 100% renewables, the Nova project will prove it’s possible to use 100% renewables to meet the demands of an operational mine site. It will also prove the ability for sites to go ‘engine off’ for consecutive hours, without interruption to supply.

  • Battery Technology: The integrated Battery Energy Storage System is a key component of achieving ‘engine off’, storing sufficient power to ensure supply and reliability of the system is not compromised.

  • Relocatable Renewables: Once tenure at Nova ends, the solar panels and battery on site will be relocated to another site in what will be the first practical demonstration at scale of relocatable renewable energy. Proving this will assist in reducing barriers to capital expenditure, as renewable assets are used in multiple locations over their life span. It will also fast-track deployment of solar and further emission reductions across Zenith’s legacy portfolio.

  • Reducing Emissions is Realistic and Achievable on Existing Sites: The Nova project will highlight that 100% renewable energy penetration can be sustainably achieved and replicated on other sites across Australia now, without having to wait for further advancements in technology. For sites where renewables are already part of the power generation system, where land permits increasing renewable assets to go engine-off is a natural next step on the pathway to net zero.

While the Nova site will continue to rely on diesel generated power overnight and during inclement weather conditions, this project is a key next step on the journey to 100% renewable power generation 24 hours a day.

Zenith is already looking at what subsequent steps are needed to achieve this ultimate goal, including how we facilitate higher levels of renewable penetration, and integration of long duration storage.

It’s an exciting time not just for Zenith as a company, but for the entire industry. We’re making real progress in the decarbonization space and what that might look like for the sector moving forward.

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Calidus Warrawoona Renewables

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Calidus Warrawoona Renewables

In order for the mining and resources sector to take meaningful steps toward cutting carbon emissions, it’s critical that companies have the option to integrate renewables into existing infrastructure, and existing power supply contracts.

December 25, 2021


In order for the mining and resources sector to take meaningful steps toward cutting carbon emissions, it’s critical that companies have the option to integrate renewables into existing infrastructure, and existing power supply contracts.

As one of Australia’s leading power producers, we at Zenith Energy are putting our flexible Power Purchase Agreements into action to help mines get on track with emission targets by replacing outdated technologies over time.

Zenith are currently building a 19MW power station at the Calidus Warrawoona mine site near Marble Bar in the Pilbara, with primary power provided by a 10MW LNG station with full diesel redundancy. The power station is set to become operational early to mid 2022.

As an ESG enabler for clients, Zenith are continually working to reduce emissions within our portfolio, and the introduction of our unique PPAs has been a key part of this.

The flexibility and transparency built into the contracts means as renewable technology becomes more economically viable, outdated technologies are replaced.

This is playing out at the Warrawoona site, where we recently committed to the supply, installation and commissioning of a 4MW DC Solar Farm, as well as a 3MW/3MWh AC Battery Energy Storage System.

The hybrid power station configuration will result in a reduction in gas use, which in turn results in a reduction in emissions, around 13 percent less than the initially contracted gas only station.

The decision to integrate solar generation and a battery storage system at the Warrawoona site is the result of ongoing discussions with the client about developing renewable solutions, and implementing onsite where possible.

It’s another step forward in the ongoing journey to Net Zero.

The Australian Government has now formalised a Net Zero target for 2050. However, Zenith Energy are confident we can achieve zero emissions sooner, by 2035, and have a number of motivations for doing so.

  • Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance: Zenith are committed to leading the way on sustainable power generation within the mining and resources sector and assisting clients in emission reduction.

  • Consumer/Investor Drive: Consumers and investors are increasingly making decisions based on the carbon footprint of companies, and are demanding businesses take on greater environmental responsibility. This is manifesting itself in the cost of funding for projects. Goldman Sachs have stated that the cost of carbon is being priced into the cost of funding. Zenith are listening to those conversations, and are actively working to decarbonise our current portfolio, and integrate renewable power generation on future projects. 

  • Cost of CO2/Carbon Tariffs: Various countries are considering implementing carbon tariffs, as part of wider action on climate change, but also to ensure companies moving toward zero emissions aren’t disadvantaged in doing so. Impacts of carbon tariffs on Australian miners are widely forecast to have an impact.

  • For The Good of The Planet: A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found sustained global efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases are required, in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Zenith are committed to bringing clients on the Net Zero journey with us, and rather than wait for renewable solutions to be developed, we are proactively searching for answers.

As part of this Zenith are also working with Original Equipment Manufacturers to develop and test new technologies, to allow us to integrate these solutions as the technology is proven and becomes economically viable.

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How Company Values Spark the Right Culture

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How Company Values Spark the Right Culture

As a 35 year veteran of the power generation industry, I’ve learned that companies cannot be successful long-term, without having the right culture in place.

December 22, 2021


While this will look a little different for each individual company, the essence remains the same in that you need engaged employees, and a strong set of values that are not only embraced by all staff, but are also actively on display from the people at the top.

As a co-founder of Zenith, I have personally looked to ensure that a key part of our company is the development of open and rewarding relationships, placing an emphasis on honesty and respect.

It is from this base that we can genuinely strive to make a difference, not only within the lives of our employees, but also in the world around us.

Zenith Energy has grown to become one of Australia’s leading independent power producers and we continue to look for ways in which we can do better. It’s one of the key reasons why we’re embarking on the journey to achieve Net Zero by 2035.

However, such an ambitious goal cannot be achieved without the support and commitment of the entire team, from the most junior of roles, right up to upper management.

Having the right set of values in place acts as a guide for the company’s strategic direction, business practices and decision making.

Safety: For the people and the environment. It’s a commitment to protecting the safety, health and wellbeing of our team, our contractors, our customers and the environment in which we operate.

Performance: Delivering sustainable energy solutions. Dedicated to providing safe, reliable and sustainable solutions with real benefits to our customers and our shareholders.

Accountability: Taking ownership. Valuing the ability of our people and our organisation to work diligently and honour our commitments, responsibly and with integrity.

Reliability: Consistency in the supply of energy. Inspiring confidence in our business model, our products and further enhancing our reputation in the market.

Knowledge: Innovative solutions and people. A commitment to continuous technical development and innovation of our products, services and our team.

We draw upon these values to deliver a can-do attitude, embracing challenges in the renewable energy and sustainability space, and becoming part of the solution.

Zenith is actively taking steps to decarbonise both our future and legacy clients, not only because our people believe we should, but because they believe we have the ability to create change.

An organisation is not a single person, but rather it is a patchwork of people, each bringing their unique set of circumstances and experiences to the table.

We at Zenith embrace that patchwork, and use it to empower the company in reaching key milestones on the journey to Net Zero.

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Testing of New Technologies A Crucial Step to Net Zero

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Testing of New Technologies A Crucial Step to Net Zero

As global conversations continue to focus on reducing emissions, we at Zenith Energy are increasing our commitment to the testing of emerging technologies within the mining and resources industry, in yet another step toward Net Zero.

December 01, 2021


We have set a target of zero emissions by 2035, confident it strikes the right balance between ambition and ability, and allows ample time for vital technological advancements to be made.

However, it’s not enough to simply set a target if we don’t know how it will be achieved, and so we’re willing to develop the concepts needed to advance renewable solutions and take on the burden of testing the technology.

Rather than wait and see, we want to be part of the solution.

Currently, 100% renewable power generation is expensive, but in developing the technology and proving it works, we can increase demand and start producing economies of scale. Taking that risk is the only way to reduce cost for ourselves and our customers.

Zenith is focusing on the development of four specific technologies, which can be integrated in different ways to reduce emissions on site;

  • Bulk solar and wind: While WA has an abundance of solar and wind, more work is needed to allow sites to become ‘engine off’ and operate solely on renewable generated power during daylight hours. A key component will be the integration of technology into power systems which will ensure continuous reliable supply of power. The ‘engine off’ concept will also require the installation of adequate solar and wind to generate enough power that can be stored to maintain continuous supply for up to nine consecutive hours.

  • Long Term Mass Storage: Long duration storage remains one of the biggest challenges to decarbonisation, with batteries needing to be able to store enough power and meet the demands of a constant charge/discharge cycle. We are the only independent power producer to be a member of the Electric Mines Consortium, and as such are part of a working group evaluating multiple storage technologies.

  • Relocatable fleet of renewables: The development of a relocatable, modular fleet of renewables will allow for greater renewable energy penetration on sites where long-term tenure of 10+ years isn’t possible. Such a fleet must be large enough to meet power generation demands, yet also be able to be relocated at the end of mine operations.

  • Green-fuels: Various green fuels are being pursued to replace diesel within power stations and for fleets. There are currently challenges around security of supply and cost. It’s for this reason we’re proactively looking to develop a waste to energy plant in WA mining hubs, generating green fuel through mining waste including tyres and plastic.

Another important step is the electrification of mining operations, and we’re currently considering solutions around what the charging infrastructure will look like.

A crucial step in making renewable technologies more affordable is proving they’re effective, as once that happens we can start producing at scale which brings the price down. But, the process of proving the technology is also expensive and carries risk.

While the aim of developing the technology is to decarbonise our current and future portfolio, there are also potential benefits for households.

As various technologies are proven to be successful, the residential grid will also likely adopt them. This greening of the grid will reduce the overall reliance on gas and coal-fired power stations into the future.

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Unique Power Contracts a Crucial Step Forward to Net Zero in the Mining and Resources Sector

As discussions continue about the need to reduce emissions within the economy, we at Zenith Energy are taking steps to support the mining and resources sector and demonstrate our commitment to achieving Net Zero, with the introduction of unique power agreements.

November 16, 2021


While the focus more broadly has been on 2050 as the milestone date, we’ve committed to reaching Net Zero much sooner, by 2035, as we believe it presents the right balance of ambition and reality.

Our Power Purchase Agreements, or PPAs, are a key part of that journey, enabling clients to adopt greener, cleaner technologies as they emerge whilst also remaining commercially competitive.

We’re committed to substituting higher emission power generation technologies with renewable energy technologies, at the lowest levelised cost of energy.

As a company, we believe the flexibility and transparency within our PPAs allow clients to move forward with us on the transition to 100% renewable energy.

It’s a result of our commitment to making a change, through the piloting of various greener technologies required for Net Zero and initiating the transition to these, rather than passing it on to others.

The PPAs are an acknowledgment there’s still some way to go before net zero is reached, but our clients won’t be left behind if they sign on now.

Our PPAs guarantee to our clients that as new technology emerges, we will displace technology already in place on site. We’re also providing guarantees around the levelised cost of energy, so clients won’t be locked into higher costs as markets change in the future.

The mining sector is increasingly moving away from fossil-fuels, however it’s clear that challenges remain in terms of storing renewable energy, and the supply of green-fuels to provide dispatchable generation when instantaneous or stored wind and solar energy aren’t available.

Once again, our PPAs are an acknowledgment of those challenges.

We know we don’t yet have all the answers, however our PPAs are now providing the framework for the sector to achieve its Net Zero targets.

Zenith is committed to being part of the solution, and that also involves us collaborating with leading miners to develop storage technologies for the electrification of mines, as well as deploying a fleet of relocatable renewables to assist with decarbonising both future and existing sites.

We would like to be able to say that we can take our clients to net zero by 2035, with a clear roadmap and a clear set of technologies that we’ve tested and proven and are able to deploy and uniquely integrate.

What our agreements do is enable lowest cost of power, and lowest emissions for that power, for the entire tenure of the agreement.

We’re also aware clients have concerns that might deter them from signing on to a long-term contract, and we’re actively addressing these;

  • Technology Redundancy: Clients can be assured that as technology continues to develop, Zenith will remain at the forefront of implementing new technology as it emerges.

  • Future Cost Effectiveness: Clients won’t be locked into a set power price for the entire tenure. As technology becomes more economical and drives down prices, those benefits will be passed on to the client.

  • Not Having a Clear Sustainability Plan: Zenith Energy can provide clients a roadmap for their journey to net zero, with the PPAs to outline the roadmap and milestones along the way. Clients don’t have to wait for the perfect renewable technology to obtain reliable, affordable power that reduces their emissions, they can start now and still benefit from future advancements as they occur with Zenith.

Another critical challenge is the storage of renewable generated energy, and we at Zenith are involved in a number of pilot projects to test and develop long-term mass energy storage solutions.

We’re actively working with Original Equipment Manufacturers to develop the technology, so that we also have the expertise in-house to integrate it.

We don’t want to wait and see, we are figuring it out so that we can take our clients on that journey with us.

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