March 14, 2017 / 12:54 AM / 10 months ago

South Australia state govt says to build new gas power plant

SYDNEY, March 14 (Reuters) - The state of South Australia is to build a new gas power plant as part of a A$500 million ($377.65 million) plan to provide energy security and avoid a repeat of damaging blackouts that struck last year.

State Premier Jay Weatherill told a news conference the private sector would also build Australia’s largest battery storage plant, with a 100MW output.

The announcement comes just four days after Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk offered to save the state from blackouts by installing $25 million worth of battery storage. ($1 = 1.3240 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Michael Perry)

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