Genex Power has selected a joint venture between McConnell Dowell Constructors and Downer EDI as preferred EPC contractor for development of the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro (K2-Hydro) project.
The K2-Hydro project is part of the overall Kidston Stage 2 (K2) project, which includes a co-located 270MW solar PV project (K2-Solar), at Kidston in north Queensland.
Leading hydro and electrical consultants Norconsult and GHD Australia are technical advisers to the McConnell Dowell-Downer joint venture.
In a statement to the ASX, Genex said it would now work with the preferred EPC contractor as part of the early contractor involvement (ECI) process to complete final design optimisation and the full EPC and O&M contracting process for the project.
This will include a competitive tender process to secure the electro-mechanical equipment package (including Francis reversible pump/generator turbine machines), which will be held in November 2017.
Invitations will be extended to a number of Tier 1 hydro turbine suppliers.
Genex Power reported last week that construction of its Phase One 50MW Kidston Solar Project (KSP1) remains on-time and on-budget for anticipated first generation by the end of the year.
“Key milestones during the reporting period include installation of the transformer, inverter modules, control room and an acceleration of panel installation and cabling,” managing director Michael Addison said.