SunCable appointed Cameron Garnsworthy and Martin Hay to lead DarwinLink, a segment of the AustraliaAsia PowerLink. This project, aimed at creating the largest renewable energy zone in Northern Territory, will include a 800km transmission to Darwin, delivering 6GW renewable electricity for local and Singapore use. Both Cameron and Martin have a proven track record of leading the development of large-scale energy infrastructure projects and will work alongside the experienced SunCable team to deliver the onshore renewables and storage stages of AAPowerLink.
SunCable is pleased to announce the appointment of two senior energy project veterans to help lead SunCable’s DarwinLink project and drive critical AustraliaAsia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) milestones. Cameron Garnsworthy has been appointed Managing Director of SunCable Australia and Martin Hay as Chief Development Officer of SunCable Australia.
DarwinLink is the Australian onshore component of SunCable’s flagship AAPowerLink project and includes the development of the world’s biggest integrated renewable energy zone on Powell Creek in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory, along with 800km of overhead high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission to the Darwin region. The project plans to deliver up to 6GW of baseload, 24/7 renewable electricity to Darwin to underpin a new wave of green industrial development in the Territory, and for export to Singapore via SunCable's SingaporeLink project.
Both Cameron and Martin have a proven track record of leading the development of large-scale energy infrastructure projects and will work alongside the experienced SunCable team to deliver the onshore renewables and storage stages of AAPowerLink. Cameron and Martin will report into Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, who are leading the onshore development strategy of AAPowerLink as announced as part of the company’s renewed focus.
Cameron has over twenty years of global experience spanning the development, construction, and operation of over thirty solar, wind and battery projects across Australia and Europe. Cameron has previously been Managing Director of JUWI Renewable Energy who were leaders in delivering hybrid wind, solar and battery solutions to many mines and remote communities throughout Australia. Prior to this, Cameron was also the Managing Director of leading solar developer FRV Australia, a longstanding Board Member of the Clean Energy Council and General Manager (Business Development) at EnergyAustralia.
Martin will bring extensive and diverse experience in remote project delivery, stakeholder relations and energy transition optimisation. He has been involved with major energy projects in the Northern Territory since 2001 and was based in Darwin from 2005 to 2010 for the commissioning and early operations phases of the Darwin LNG and Bayu Undan projects.
Martin has held senior leadership roles in Worley, UGL, GHD, Incite Energy and most recently KBR as Director for Advisory, with a focus on Energy Transition projects.
Both Cameron and Martin will have a substantial presence in Darwin, ensuring deep integration with the project’s local team and stakeholders. Each will play a key role alongside the local SunCable team in aligning DarwinLink's development with broader green energy objectives across the Northern Territory.
Jeremy Kwong-Law from Grok Ventures, commented: "The addition of Cameron and Martin to the SunCable team, will give us greater capacity to progress all key DarwinLink project milestones. Their extensive big project experience and demonstrated leadership will support the critical onshore components of SunCable’s flagship AAPowerLink project."
David Scaysbrook from Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners added: "Bringing Cameron and Martin into the SunCable team underscores our goal of delivering on the huge potential of DarwinLink which underpins our primary focus on this genuine superpower opportunity for the Territory and for Australia. Delivering groundbreaking infrastructure projects like DarwinLink needs a team with experience, vision and real horsepower and we certainly have that with this team."
SunCable is committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to realise the potential of the AAPowerLink project that will deliver significant benefits for the Northern Territory. SunCable has been progressing key project milestones in the Northern Territory, including principal approvals, Indigenous Land Use Agreements, procurement packages and offtake, with further milestone announcements expected in 2024.