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WA submarine base to be wave-powered

Mon July 16, 2012 5:05pm

WESTERN Australia's Garden Island submarine base is to be powered by wave energy under a deal inked between the Australian Department of Defence and a Perth company.

Carnegie Wave Energy on Monday converted a memorandum of understanding signed three years ago with the Department of Defence into a binding agreement.

Under the deal, Australia's largest naval facility and base of HMAS Stirling is to exclusively purchase all electricity generated by Carnegie's CETO wave energy project at Fremantle.

"CETO is exactly the sort of technology we should be supporting," Carnegie CEO Mike Ottaviano told a press conference.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard attended and said the project was the start of even bigger things to come.

"We should all be proud that this is Australian design, Australian ingenuity," Ms Gillard said.

"I'm very pleased that we've been able to support the development of this world-leading technology."

The deal would mean HMAS Stirling would not produce 2.6 million kilograms of carbon pollution over five years, the prime minister said.

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