Aurecon appointed owner’s engineer for Bomen solar project


After being called “piss weak” and “a bunch of bedwetters” by Resources Minister Matt Canavan last week after their Adani pull-out, Aurecon has been appointed by Spark Infrastructure as owner’s engineer for the Bomen solar PV project.

The Bomen 120 MWdc bi-facial solar photovoltaic (PV) project is currently under construction near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and is expected to be finished by Q2 2020.

The appointment follows on from Aurecon’s role as technical advisor to Spark for its acquisition of the project earlier this year – Spark’s first renewable energy generation project in Australia.

As owner’s engineer, Aurecon will be reviewing the detailed design and the performance of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, Beon Design Solutions (Beon), and will work closely with Spark Infrastructure’s own resources to oversee the construction and delivery process.

Aurecon’s global service leader for power generation Paul Godden said, “We are seeing new participants enter the renewable energy market, including this being Spark Infrastructure’s first solar PV generation project, as well as the involvement of large corporate customers who are increasingly purchasing energy generated by these types of projects.

“It also shows how far renewable energy technology has come, with Bomen, when completed, being the largest bi-facial solar project in Australia.

“The use of 310,000 bi-facial solar panels, which are transparent on both sides enabling sunlight to be harvested from both the front and rear of the panel, is expected to produce enough power for the equivalent of 36,000 Australian homes. These types of panels are expected to produce higher energy yield by absorbing the light scattered from the ground and surroundings.

“The project will no doubt be watched closely as it potentially sets the benchmark for future bi-facial solar projects that follow in Australia and globally.

“As a leader in renewable energy, Aurecon is proud to be a part of projects like this that are transforming the industry. We will work closely with Spark Infrastructure, as well as the EPC contractor, Beon, to support the project and its stakeholders to achieve their objectives.”