Solar company Conergy has appointed BMD Constructions as the major sub-contractor for its $42.5 million Lakeland Solar and Storage Project in far north Queensland.
The construction contract, signed this month, will see BMD Constructions undertake civil, mechanical and structural works on the 60ha site, with up to 50 people working onsite during the six-month construction phase.
Up to 10 people will be involved in the ongoing operation of the project during its expected lifespan of more than 20 years.
Located off the Mulligan Highway at Lakeland, the project is the Southern Hemisphere’s first integrated solar, storage and fringe-of-grid project of this scale, and will demonstrate grid-to-islanding functionality.
Conergy managing director David McCallum said the strategic business relationship with BMD Constructions would enable the project to begin construction next month for completion by April next year.
“As the owner, developer and engineer for the Lakeland Solar and Storage Project, Conergy needed an experienced operator that was not only familiar with the unique demands of the energy sector, but also had worked extensively in regional Queensland locations,” he said.
“We look forward to working with BMD Constructions to create this landmark project, which combines the latest developments in solar technology with utility-scale battery storage to feed consistent, quality power into the existing electricity grid.
“When operational, this project will produce enough electricity to power more than 3000 homes and will connect to one of Australia’s most remote National Electricity Market (NEM) connected substations.”
BMD Constructions (Industrial) general manager Paul Elliott said the organisation would draw on its extensive experience working in the North Queensland region when collaborating with project owner Conergy during the construction phase of the project.
“BMD Constructions is pleased to have been signed as the major subcontractor for Conergy’s Lakeland Solar and Storage Project in Far North Queensland and is set to commence works on the project next month,” he said.
“We are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate, utilising local resources, plant and labour force. Our strong reputation in the North Queensland region is built on continued strong performance and collaboration with local suppliers and subcontractors.
“BMD will directly employ approximately 20 workers during the construction phase of the Lakeland Solar and Storage Project, some of whom will be local. We are also committed to helping up-skill the local workforce to provide an overall residual benefit and growth to the region.”