RCR Tomlinson will design and build the PV array in southern Queensland’s Darling Downs region, approximately 210 kilometres west of Brisbane. The Perth-based engineering services firm will also work on related substations for the project and oversee the grid-connection process, according to an online statement.
Construction is scheduled to begin in July. The project will be built on a site next to the Darling Downs Power Station, a 630 MW gas-fired facility.
RCR Tomlinson was first revealed to be interested in the Darling Downs project in March 2016, when it secured an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract from Australian power generator Origin Energy. The initial plan for the project was to build 200 MW of capacity, but that changed after APA Group took the reins from Origin Energy.
“The award is the culmination of the ECI process, which included preliminary design and engineering works,” said Dr. Paul Dalgleish, managing director of RCR Tomlinson.
More recently, RCR Tomlinson has been connected to a 100 MW solar array that Australian zinc metals producer Sun Metals plans to build to supply electricity to a refinery it owns near Townsville, in northern Queensland. In early January, Sun Metals — based just outside of Townsville in the community of Stuart, Queensland — revealed that it had chosen RCR Tomlinson to handle EPC duties for the project. First Solar is set to provide its thin-film CdTe panels for the $155 million installation.