RCR picked to build two Wirsol solar projects in Australia
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Australian engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson Ltd (ASX:RCR) said Monday it has been picked as the preferred contractor to build two solar farms with a combined capacity of 163 MW that are being developed by Wirsol Energy Ltd.
The projects are the 75-MW Clermont solar farm in Rockhampton, northern Queensland and the 88-MW Wemen solar farm in Wemen, Victoria.
RCR will provide engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the installations. It will also provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services for an initial two years plus options for up to another 13 years. The contracts, worth a total of about AUD 260 million (USD 198m/EUR 169m), are subject to financial close, which is expected on or about November 24, according to the announcement.
RCR is now partnering with Wirsol, part of Germany's Wircon, on more than 200 MW of solar projects.
The Australian company on Friday also said it has been awarded limited notice to proceed for the 100-MW first stage of the up-to-500-MW Haughton solar farm in Queensland that is being developed by Pacific Hydro Australia.
It added the project is subject to final investment decision by Pacific Hydro and other approvals. The notice covers development of essential site works, engineering and design, and the procurement of critical and long-lead items. The companies will sign an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the first stage, while engineering is based on stage one and two totalling 300 MW, RCR said.
The initial stage is expected to begin in March 2018, with completion scheduled for January 2019.