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Downer Awarded Ross River Solar Farm Contract

Downer Awarded Ross River Solar Farm Contract

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The Chief Executive Officer of Downer, Grant Fenn, said the award of this contract was another demonstration of Downer’s leadership in the renewable energy sector.

Downer EDI Limited (Downer) announced recently it had been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contract valued at approximately $200 million by Palisade Investment Partners (Palisade) and ESCO Pacific (ESCO) for the Ross River Solar Farm near Townsville in Queensland.

The 148MW* Ross River Solar Farm will be built with approximately 420,000 monocrystalline solar photovoltaic modules and has a 13-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with EnergyAustralia.

The Chief Executive Officer of Downer, Grant Fenn, said the award of this contract was another demonstration of Downer’s leadership in the renewable energy sector.

“Downer is a leader in delivering large scale renewable projects and is currently constructing the 100MW Clare Solar Farm, 15MW Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, and 240MW Ararat Wind Farm,” Mr Fenn said.

“When the Ross River Solar Farm is completed, Downer will have facilitated the delivery of more than 2.3GW of renewable energy to the Australian market.

“We look forward to working closely with Palisade and ESCO to deliver the Ross River Solar Farm, one of Australia’s largest solar energy projects.”

Palisade Managing Director and CEO, Roger Lloyd, said: “We are delighted to work with Downer to build this standout project in North Queensland which delivers on Palisade’s renewables strategy and diversifies our portfolio of operational wind assets.”

ESCO Pacific’s Managing Director, Steve Rademaker, said: “We’re pleased to partner with Downer on what is a landmark project. Downer’s experience in delivering high quality renewable energy projects was a critical factor in their selection as preferred construction partner and we look forward to Downer delivering the project over the coming months.”

Notice to proceed has been issued to Downer under the EPC contract and construction is scheduled to take 12 months.

* MW DC capacity

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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