Renewable energy


SIMEC Energy Australia has the responsibility of optimising the energy needs of GFG Alliance’s operations in Australia, including the Whyalla Steelworks and integrated mining operations.

As part of its approach, SIMEC Energy Australia – through its Strategic Energy Management Team (SEM) – works closely with each business to minimise cost and energy consumption, with a focus on driving energy efficiency to support GFG Alliance’s carbon neutral by 2030 (CN30) aspirations. This includes trading across energy markets and contracting directly from renewable energy assets such as Numurkah and Wemen Solar Farms in Victoria and the Molong Solar Farm in NSW.

Through our renewable energy business, we have a number of key projects underway close to Whyalla.

GFG Alliance Cultana Solar Farm

The Cultana Solar Farm will be a large-scale solar farm that will generate up to 280 MW of solar energy on vacant land to the north of the Whyalla Steelworks. It is being delivered by SIMEC Energy Australia and is gearing up to start construction.

Once the project has received all the necessary approvals, the energy generated will contribute to the national electricity grid via the existing Cultana and Whyalla substations and is part of SIMEC Energy Australia’s mission to bring change and competition to the wholesale and retail electricity market.

Learn more about the Cultana Solar Farm

Playford Utility Battery GFG Alliance Whyalla The 100MW Playford Utility Battery is a utility-scale battery development project that will support SIMEC Energy Australia’s renewable energy portfolio and provide services to the national electricity grid.

Once energised, the Playford Utility Battery will support the energy needs of SIMEC Energy Australia’s retail electricity customers, GFG’s Whyalla Primary Steel plant, and provide energy services to the National Electricity Market.

Learn more about the Playford Utility Battery project

In mid-2021, SIMEC Energy Australia sought to identify partners that could assist taking the Cultana Solar Farm and Playford Utility Battery to financial close. SIMEC Energy expects to confirm its appointed partners in the coming months and looks forward to being able to deliver the project for the community.

Take a look at our Cultana Solar Project



I’m thrilled to be leading a company at the forefront of the energy transition, especially one that I definitively believe has the opportunity – backed by the capability – to bring together a number of  stakeholder benefits for the community, industry and the environment.

Marc Barrington, SIMEC Energy Australia CEO

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