Jun 22, 2016

UGL appointed to build Kidston solar project

Genex Power has appointed UGL as its preferred contractor to build and operate the 50MW first phase of its PV solar project at Kidston, near Georgetown in North Queensland.

Genex said today it had shortlisted two options from a field of seven high-quality proposals for the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and O&M (Operation and Maintenance) works.

“Following an extensive discussion and consultation process, Genex has selected UGL as its preferred EPC contractor. The decision was based on a number of considerations including competitive pricing, yield, capability experience, proven project delivery and a strong track record,” a company statement said.

UGL has recently commissioned the 4MW Darwin International Airport solar farm, which was designed and constructed by UGL with specialist solar PV consultants Coronium.

It also has two projects under construction near Canberra – a 15MW solar fixed farm and a 2.3MW solar tracking farm, as well as the solar and “balance of plant” packages for the ARENA-funded Coober Pedy hybrid project.

Genex said it remained on track to commence construction of the Kidston project later this year and is targeting first cash flow within 12 months of construction commencing.

Earlier this month it appointed AECOM as Owner’s Engineer for construction of the first phase 50MW solar project, with other delivery team members including specialist solar PV consultant Coronium.

Genex has an agreement from Ergon Energy to connect to its distribution network and export power from the 50MW project to the National Electricity Market.

The Kidston solar project is co-located with the proposed 330MW Kidston hydro pumped storage power generation project and will be built on the tailings storage facility of the old Kidston gold mine.

Stage one of the solar project will have an installed capacity of 50MW. Once a new transmission line has been built to the site, stage two is proposed to expand the solar farm capacity to 150MW.