Feb 07, 2019

Solar farm director to deliver progress update

Solar farm director to deliver progress update Renew Estate is planning to build a $400 million solar farm about 50km south of Gladstone.

The company behind a $400 million solar farm near Gladstone will unveil the latest information about the project next week.

The Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s February Industry Update will feature representatives from Renew Estate, the company behind the Rodds Bay Solar Farm, and Orica Yarwun, who will highlight their procurement, maintenance and shutdown plans for 2019-20.

Renew Estate director Simon Currie will highlight their expected solar farm procurement program in 2019-20.

“Renew Estate are currently building their database of local talent and service providers that will be passed on to their principal engineering, procurement and construction contractor once appointed,” GEA acting chief executive officer Julie Gelder said.

The proposed solar farm is a 300MW project located near the township of Bororen, about 50km south of Gladstone.

The project is being developed by Renew Estate, the development organisation co-founded and funded by WIRSOL Energy Pty Ltd.

The solar farm is expected to produce over 610GWh of renewable energy each year, enough to power about 88,000 Australian homes.

Ms Gelder said Orica was a leading supplier of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems throughout Australia and had significant investments within the Gladstone region.

“Every year Orica gives the opportunity to local contractors and suppliers to procure work with them and the industry update will inform GEA members and the wider community about those works,” Ms Gelder said.

“Orica Yarwun has maintenance and shutdown planning scheduled for the next 10 years and will be presenting opportunities, including information about their capital budget, which is expected to provide another income stream for Gladstone (workers).”

The GEA’s February Industry Update will be held at the Yaralla Sports Centre on February 14.

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