RCR Tomlinson has been awarded two contracts worth about $315 million in total for Edify Energy’s 150MWac Daydream Solar Farm and the 50MWac Hayman Solar Farm at Collinsville in north Queensland.
RCR’s scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the solar farms, including interface works to the project substations.
Once commissioned RCR will provide operation and maintenance services for both solar farms for an initial period of 10 years, with an option for a further five-year term.
The projects will start immediately, with construction scheduled to commence in Q3 2017.
RCR managing director and chief executive officer Dr Paul Dalgleish said RCR now had more than half a Gigawatt of large-scale solar projects on its order book and more than a Gigawatt currently being developed or progressed under early contractor involvement processes.
“RCR has firmly positioned itself as one of Australia’s leading developers and EPC providers of large-scale solar and other renewable energy infrastructure,” he said.
“Our experience and application of engineering intelligence to renewable projects provides RCR with a significant competitive advantage.
“RCR is currently preferred on a number of additional renewable energy projects that will support our further growth in FY18 and into FY19. Over the mid to long-term we expect to see the large-scale solar market continue to grow.”
First Solar will supply more than two million advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules for the Hayman and Daydream projects.
Also at Collinsville, Ratch Australia Corporation broke ground last month for its $100 million Collinsville Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project, with UGL Ltd acting as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
That 42.5 megawatt (MW) project is being developed adjacent to the old Collinsville coal-fired power station.
Civil construction, earthworks and other preparatory activities are at the top of the work schedule ahead of the first of 163,000 solar photovoltaic panels to be delivered to site in September.
Several businesses from the Whitsunday’s region are involved in the construction activities including Collinsville’s Beauchamp Excavating, Proserpine’s Pyro Dynamics, and Bowen’s S&W Crane Hire which was busy delivering site facilities this week. Bowen-based Australian Indigenous Security Services will provide security services at the site.