UGL, a CIMIC Group Company, has been awarded a $170 million contract to construct and maintain the 127MW Tailem Bend Solar Farm
The Tailem Bend solar project will be located in South Australia, 100km outside of Adelaide. Construction is expected to begin this month and it is anticipated that the project will create hundreds of construction jobs. Power generation is expected to begin in 2019.
CIMIC Group CEO Michael Wright spoke about this contract, stating, “With our growing expertise in delivering renewable energy projects, CIMIC and UGL are proud to be supporting the growth of the Australian renewable energy market and delivering the Tailem Bend Solar Farm for Equis Energy."
Under the contract UGL will undertake the engineering, procurement and construction of the project. This will include constructing the projects associated substation. Furthermore, UGL will ensure the solar farm successfully integrates with the electricity network. Once the project is operational, UGL will provide operational and maintenance services for a five-year period.
UGL currently has several solar projects under construction these are located at Emu Downs in Western Australia, Kidston and Collinsville in Queensland, White Rock in New South Wales and Bannerton in Victoria.
Snowy Hydro has also agreed to purchase the electricity produced by the Tailem Bend solar farm for at least the next 22 years.
Snowy Hydro Managing Director spoke about this project growing the companies renewable ambitions, "The solar farm represents a significant strategic investment in South Australia by Snowy Hydro and demonstrates our commitment to growing both our generation business and our Lumo Energy business, which services around 50,000 electricity customers in the state."
Snowy Hydro has partnered with Singaporean developer Equis on the Tailem Bend solar project. Equis CEO David Russell also spoke about the project, stating, "We are delighted to partner Snowy Hydro on the Tailem Bend solar project to build one of Australia's lowest-cost solar generation projects with a unique "battery-storage ready" design," he said.
"[It will] further enhance the project's long term attractiveness as a stable, low cost source of power."