Booming renewable sector ripe with opportunity
With renewable projects active in three states ICN consultants across the country are working with large renewable energy projects and helping organisations transfer skills to the booming sector.
Over the past decade, ICN has worked with several wind and solar farm developments and each State office has a significant understanding of the local capabilities for potential projects.
“Some of the country’s largest wind and solar farm projects, including the nation’s most visible turbines - The Capital Wind Farm - on the far shores of Lake George in NSW, have relied on ICN to help to source local suppliers,” ICN Executive Director Derek Lark said.
“Opportunities for Australian manufacturers and suppliers include tower construction and installation, cabling, electricity conversion systems and substations, associated construction, and complementary industries such as heavy haulage and components.”
The Solar River Project, 110kms north of Adelaide will bring the most advanced solar PV power generation and storage technology to South Australia, delivering energy security, carbon reduction and hundreds of local jobs.
The project includes a 200MW PV array with an integration of 120MWh battery system and extra 95MWh network stability battery.
The development includes the establishment of two community funds with the traditional owners the Ngadjuri people and the Regional Goyder Council, as well as a conservation park for endangered species research and protection.
ICN encourages local industry interested in supplying to the project to register an expression of interest through the Gateway.
Vestas Wind Technology is developing two wind farms – one near Geelong and one near Mortlake.
The Berrybank Wind Farm, about 80km West of Geelong, will comprise 43 Vestas V136-4.2MW wind turbines as well as associated civil and electrical infrastructure.
The Dundonnell Wind Farm, owned by Tilt Renewables, is 23 km north-east of Mortlake, and will include 80 Vestas V150-4.2MW wind turbines plus associated civil and electrical infrastructure.
Both projects are currently calling for general Expressions of Interest to support the construction phase of the wind farm, with opportunities at Berrbank including onsite facilities; equipment and plant hire; fuel and water supply; fencing; plumbing; electrical; and accommodation. At Dundonnell, Vestas is calling for EOIs for a range of services such as surveying, geotesting, earthworks, concreting, onsite facilities, and supply of materials such as HV cable, optical fibre cable, lightening masts and KL UPS.
North of Geelong, Goldwind Australia is developing the Moorabool Wind Farm, which will extend 14km north to south between Ballan and Mount Wallace to the west of the Geelong-Ballan Rd.
The project scope includes the construction and operation of 107 wind turbines that are expected to produce enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 223,000 – or 11 percent - of average Victorian homes every year.
Work packages open in May 2019, for a range of products and services, including electrical, geotechnical, security, civil construction, earthmoving, plant and machinery hire, fencing and landscaping.
The Golden Plains Wind Farm near the town of Rokewood, will generate approximately 3000 gigawatt hours each year from 228 wind turbines.
Project owner West Wind Energy is calling for expressions of interest from companies wishing to supply products and services to the project. You must have a Gateway Company profile and ICN Vic will include all companies who submit an EOI in information presented to WestWind, who will make direct contact with successful EOIs.
In the central north of Victoria, FRV Services Australia is building the 85MW Winton Solar Farm, about 25km south-west of Wangaratta. ICN worked with FRV last year to support the project owner’s goal to use local content where possible.
The Queensland Government has recently approved the construction and operation of up to 195 wind turbines and ancillary civil and electrical infrastructure about 150km west of Rockhampton.
Clarke Creek Wind Farm is in the final phases of feasibility with the investment decision due in mid-year and the project to be completed by the middle of 2021.
Lacour Energy has partnered with Goldwind Australia to deliver the project. Both companies are committed to local sourcing where possible.
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