Leighton Contractors, in consortium with Vestas, has been awarded a contract by the AGL and Meridian Joint Venture for the $1billion Macarthur Wind Farm development in the Western Districts of Victoria.
Proposed as the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere, the farm will generate up to 420 Megawatts of electricity – enough energy to power around 220,000 average Victorian homes each year. It is expected the first section of the wind farm will be complete in May 2012, with a total project completion date scheduled for early 2013.
Leighton Contractors will undertake the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), consisting of associated balance of plant design, construction and commissioning of the electrical, mechanical and civil works. The value of the contract to the company is approximately $290 million.
Peter McMorrow, Managing Director of Leighton Contractors, said the company was thrilled to be selected by the AGL and Meridian joint venture, in consortium with Vestas. “Leighton Contractors is extremely proud to be working on such an iconic project on behalf of AGL and Meridian,” he said.
“This is a vital piece of infrastructure for the renewable energy industry and the wider community. Our priority will be to deliver a quality project on time, while ensuring our teams meet world class safety standards. “Australia has excellent wind resources by world standards and this project will assist AGL and Meridian to further utilise this resource to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future for Australia. “As a company, Leighton Contractors is investing significantly in exploring a range of options for alternative energy across the country in collaboration with our technology partners. “This announcement is great recognition for our commitment to this area – we’re pleased to be a part of this dynamic industry during a period of such growth.”
The scope of works for the two contracts is inclusive of the Macarthur Wind Farm 33/132kV sub-station, Tarrone 132/500kV terminal sub-station, 12 km of 132kV overhead transmission line to the Tarrone terminal sub-station, 33kV underground cable collector systems, sub-station SCADA interface, as well as the international shipping, local transportation and mechanical erection of the 85 metre towers, machine heads and blades.