ENERGY STORAGE

GIGA Storage secures permit for 2.4GWh Belgian battery park and will build 45MWh Dutch battery

April 23, 2024

GIGA Storage has said it has obtained an “irrevocable permit” for the construction of the large-scale battery park of 600 MW and 2,400 MWh in Belgium, the GIGA Green Turtle.

“This milestone ensures that financing for this project can be arranged,” a GIGA Storage statement said.

Construction of the battery farm is expected to start in 2025, with an estimated completion in 2028.

The land for GIGA Turtle was acquired from the Budé family, who owned the zinc factory that previously occupied the site.

Meanwhile, GIGA Storage will also construct a 45 MWh energy storage project – GIGA Giraffe – in the port area of ​​Amsterdam. The battery will be the first four-hour battery in the Netherlands, the company said.

Construction of the GIGA Giraffe battery on Westhavenweg will start in the summer. The battery will be connected to Liander’s Sextantweg substation. There is a connection agreement with Liander, a permit with the municipality, a long-term lease agreement with the Port of Amsterdam and financing has been secured. The battery will be connected in the first quarter of 2025.

Daniela Fahrenkrog, business development director at GIGA Storage, said: “In addition to all our efforts on the high-voltage grids in the Netherlands and Belgium, we are pleased to now also be realizing a battery on Liander’s medium-voltage grid. This 4-hour battery will power GIGA Storage completely itself. This gives us the flexibility to participate in the different electricity and balancing markets, depending on where the value lies at that moment. With this we have created a profitable future-proof business model.”