UK-based British Solar Renewables (BSR) said today it has been chosen as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for a solar-plus-storage project in Australia’s Northern Territory region.

The 33-MW solar project near Katherine, to be coupled with a 5.7-MVA/2.9-MWh battery storage system, was developed by a joint venture between Australia’s Epuron and UK-based Island Green Power. At the start of this month, it was purchased by Italian oil and gas major Eni SpA (BIT:ENI).

The solar scheme is planned to enter construction from March and become operational from the fourth quarter of the year, mitigating about 63,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. The battery component of the project will provide stability to the Northern Territory’s 200-MW grid, BSR said.

After switching on the capacity, the British solar contractor will also operate and maintain the solar-plus-storage complex. It said it will support its Australian activities from a newly-opened office in Sydney.