Aecom has been selected by Ratch Australia as the owner’s engineer for the AUD360M ($270M) Mount Emerald Wind Farm in North Queensland, Australia.
Aecom will be responsible for managing all key technical aspects, key risks and challenges of the 180MW 53-turbine wind farm.
Ratch executive general manager business development Anthony Yeates said: “We selected the Aecom team on the basis of their track record with recent Australian wind farm projects, and on the basis of our long working relationship with them on other Ratch development projects.
“Another key aspect of their selection was their strong North Queensland presence, for example we have been working with Aecom’s Cairns office on local road access arrangements for the project.”
The project is expected to be concluded by late 2018, subject to final approvals. It has already secured the go-ahead from the Queensland and Australian governments in 2015 after four years of on-the-ground studies.
Vestas and Downer Group have been appointed as the preferred contractors for the project.
In May 2016, Ergon Energy agreed to purchase all of the electricity generated by the wind farm until 2030.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.