RCR awarded early works contract for Townsville solar farm

RCR Tomlinson has been awarded an early works contract to commence work on Pacific Hydro’s 100MWac Haughton Solar Farm, near Townsville.

The contract provides for the development of essential site works, engineering and design, and the procurement of critical and long-lead items.

RCR and Pacific Hydro will finalise the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 100MWac first stage of the project, while engineering is based on Stage 1 and 2 totalling 300MWac.

The project has planning approval to extend capacity up to 500MWac.

“We are very pleased to be working with Pacific Hydro to deliver this significant large-scale utility solar energy project generating an initial 100MWac of power,” RCR managing director and CEO Dr Paul Dalgleish said.

“RCR continues to lead the development and EPC delivery of large-scale solar and other renewable energy infrastructure.

“Subject to finalisation of an EPC contract, this new renewable energy project will add to RCR’s order book and positions RCR for growth in FY18 and into FY19.”

Stage 1 is expected to commence in March 2018 with commissioning expected to complete in January 2019.

The project is subject to final investment decision (FID) by Pacific Hydro and other approvals.