AECOM has been contracted to provide a full suite of services to support the delivery of the project including project management, contract administration, owner’s engineer, site supervision and lender’s independent technical advisor services over the entire design, construction and commissioning phases of the project.
“We are delighted that Octopus Investments has chosen AECOM to help drive the delivery of this significant project,” said Craig Bearsley, group director of AECOM’s Power and Industrial practice in New South Wales. “Our integrated offering on this project provides a great opportunity to utilise our broad technical and project management capability to support Australia’s continued transition to a more sustainable energy mix.”
The new facility will be constructed on a 1,993 hectare site adjacent to TransGrid’s Darlington Point substation at Donald Ross Drive approximately 10 kms south of the town of Darlington Point in the Murrumbidgee shire of Western New South Wales. Approximately 710 ha (7.1sq kms) is proposed to be developed for the solar farm with solar panels mounted on single axis tracking mounting systems. A power purchase agreement has been entered into with Delta Electricity for the supply of 150 MW of renewable energy.
AECOM has a strong track record of performing lead roles on a large number of renewable-energy projects, including the Darling Downs Solar Farm, Collinsville Solar Farm, Oakey Solar Farm and Mount Emerald Wind Farm in Queensland, the Ararat and Murra Warra Wind Farms in Victoria, the Gullen Solar Farm and Crookwell 2 Wind Farm in New South Wales andWillogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment granted the Development Consent for Darlington Point Solar Farm on 7 December 2018, generation is expected to start in 2020.