December 13 (Renewables Now) - UGL Pty Ltd, part of CIMIC Group Ltd (ASX:CIM), will build a 270-MW solar park in North Queensland, proposed by Australian developer Genex Power Ltd (ASX:GNX).
UGL will serve as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the Kidston Stage 2 project that will be an expansion of the 50-MW Kidston Stage 1 facility. The Australian firm said on Tuesday it has signed an exclusive early contractor involvement (ECI) agreement, expecting a final contract to be struck in the coming months.
According to the ECI, Genex and UGL will be working to speed up project development, complete final design optimisation and lower the project cost.
The 270-MW solar park is part of an integrated that will also include a pumped storage hydropower plant (HPP) of 250 MW. The output of the photovoltaic (PV) facility is estimated at about 783 GWh per year, enough to supply over 143,000 local homes and save 648,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
The Kidston Stage 1 plant started feeding electricity into the National Electricity Market (NEM) earlier in December and will complete its commissioning over the coming months.