Decmil wins $195m EPC contract for Sunraysia solar project in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 8 Oct 2018 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Australian construction engineering company Decmil Group has won a A$277m ($195m) EPC contract from Maoneng Australia for its 255MW Sunraysia Solar PV project near Balranald in New South Wales, Australia.

Set to be one of Australia’s largest utility-scale Solar PV projects, Sunraysia project is supported by Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the University of New South Wales and AGL Energy.

Maoneng has forged a long-term equity partnership with infrastructure investor and manager John Laing Group for the investment and development of the project.

The project has also secured debt financing from a consortium of domestic and international banks.

Decmil managing director and group CEO Scott Criddle said: “Decmil is looking forward to partnering with Maoneng on the Sunraysia project. Decmil has for over 40 years successfully delivered major regional infrastructure and, following a detailed planning process, is operationally ready to deliver this project.”

The Sunraysia project is the second major project of Maoneng in Australia. The first project was the Mugga Lane Solar Park developed and built under the ACT Government’s Reverse Solar Auction.

The Sunraysia project is also Decmil’s second major solar EPC project. The first project was the Gullen Solar farm co-located within the existing Gullen Range wind farm.

Maoneng Group executive chairman and CEO Morris Zhou said: “Maoneng welcomes Decmil as partners to successfully deliver the Sunraysia project. We are confident in Decmil’s capability and pleased to see their commitment and resourcing towards this project.

“Maoneng is one of the first companies to have successfully developed, built and owned a utility scale solar PV plant in Australia.

“Our mission is to assist Australia’s transition towards a low carbon society through the development of sustainable social infrastructure.”

Decmil Group offers a range of services to the Australian resources and infrastructure industries. The group companies specialise in engineering and construction; accommodation services; and maintenance.

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Image: A solar power plant. Photo: Courtesy of American Public Power Association on Unsplash.

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