RCR Tomlinson has been awarded a $175 million contract with APA Group to design and construct one of Australia’s largest utility solar farms at Dalby.
Construction is expected to start in July on the Darling Downs Solar Farm, which will have an initial generating capacity of about 110MW.
RCR’s scope of work includes engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and commissioning of the solar farm, including associated substations and grid connection works.
RCR managing director and chief executive officer Dr Paul Dalgleish said the company was delighted to have been awarded the contract following its successful collaboration to develop the project, initially with Origin Energy and more recently with APA Group.
“The award is the culmination of the ECI process, which included preliminary design and engineering works,” he said.
“This significant win reflects RCR’s ability to bring smart engineering solution to our clients while providing certainty of performance and delivery time in the rapidly-evolving renewable energy industry.”
Origin Energy on Monday announced it had sold the Darling Downs Solar Farm project to APA Group and would sign a power purchase agreement (PPA).
This PPA will see Origin buy all of the renewable power generated by the 110MW project from commencement of operations in 2018 to 2030. Origin will also acquire the associated Renewable Energy Certificates.
The project is located next to Origin’s gas-fired Darling Downs Power Station and close to high-voltage transmission infrastructure.