One of the largest solar farms projects in New South Wales – the 250MW Sunraysia solar farm – has moved a step closer in development process, as ASX-listed engineering firm Decmil Group was awarded the contract for the project’s construction.
Decmil said in a statement today that it has entered into a $277 million EPC contract with the project’s developer, Maoneng Australia, to design and construct the Sunraysia project, which will be located around 17km south of the town of Balranald, and around 140km south east of Mildura.
The project is set to be one of Australia’s largest utility scale Solar PV projects and forms a key element of AGL Energy’s plan to replace the ageing Liddell coal -fired generator in the Hunter Valley with a mixture of solar, wind, storage, gas and upgrades to its Bayswater plant.
Sunraysia has a 15 year contract to provide power to AGL, and also has a contract with UNSW in Sydney as part of the university’s plans to reach “carbon neutrality” on energy by 2020. The project may also include a large scale battery storage array.
Global infrastructure investor and manager John Laing Group, which has a stake in the Hornsdale wind farms majority owned by Neoen, has also taken an equity stake in this project, its first in the solar sector in Australia.
Inverter equipment will be supplied by Schneider while NEXTracker js delivering the single axis tracking technology.
Advisers included Norton Rose Fullbright Australia, Jacobs and King & Wood Mallesons.
“Maoneng is one of the first companies to have developed, built and owned utility scale solar PV plant in Australia. Our mission is to assist Australia’s transition towards a low carbon society through the development of sustainable social infrastructure,” said Morris Zhou, CEO and chairman of Maoneng Group.
The Sunraysia project is Maoneng’s second significant project in the Australian market, the first being the Mugga Lane Solar Park developed and built under the ACT Government’s Reverse Solar Auction.