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20-04-2017 - Infigen to proceed to construction of Bodangora wind farm

Infigen Energy (ASX: IFN) today announced that it would proceed to construction of the 113.2 MW Bodangora wind farm near Wellington in New South Wales, having achieved financial close.

Bodangora wind farm will be built by a consortium comprising General Electric (GE) and civil-engineering construction company Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON) under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.

Infigen Energy’s Managing Director Ross Rolfe said, “We have been delighted to work with our partners in bringing this project to fruition. Critical to our success has been the role played by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and NORD/LB, in providing Infigen with $163 million debt facilities.”

Revenues will be supported by a power purchase agreement (PPA) with EnergyAustralia for 60% of the annual output produced over the period to December 2030. The balance of output will be available for Infigen to contract to commercial and industrial customers, or to sell on the spot or wholesale market. The project is targeted to be fully operational in the second half of 2018.

The project will create a substantial number of jobs and stimulate significant economic activity in the local region. The project will provide approximately 120 direct jobs during construction and seven full-time jobs during its operating life. Infigen looks forward to continuing to build strong links with the local community through these activities.

“The Bodangora project is set to deliver a substantial increase in clean energy in regional New South Wales, and is well positioned to capitalise on the state’s natural strengths in renewable energy. We have been pleased to work with Infigen and NORB/LB to accelerate the development and delivery of this important project,” said Andrew Gardner, CEFC Wind sector lead.

“Together with CEFC, we are proud to have been able to support Infigen and GE with their Bodangora wind farm by providing a long-term financing package, tailored to the project’s partially-contracted revenue structure. NORD/LB is committed to developing its presence in the Australian energy market with renewable energy generation being at the core of our strategy,” said Olaf-Alexander Wiedemann, CEO, NORD/LB Asia-Pacific.

Geoff Culbert, President & CEO, GE Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea, said, “We are pleased to bring energy experience and expertise to the Bodangora wind farm. The 33 GE 3.43 wind turbines to be installed are part of our newest, most powerful and scalable platform. Through our service and maintenance agreement, we also look forward to adding maximum value to the project for years to come.”

Infigen owns 100% of the project, having acquired the 50% interest in the project that it did not own prior to financial close. As owner of 100% of the project, Infigen will provide 100% of the equity funding for construction and will operate the wind farm.

Key project statistics

Includes ~$0.8 million of restricted cash that is expected to be released in the coming week


 
31-01-2017 - Silverton Wind Farm - Meet the Constructor - Information Sheet

Download the Meet the Constructor Information Sheet for local businesses, suppliers and potential employees.


 
27-01-2017 - Silverton’s new treasure: wind energy

"A high-energy blockbuster is about to start production just outside Silverton, the historic silver-mining town and famed film location near Broken Hill, NSW. Movies shot in the quintessential Australian outback setting include Mad Max and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The town will soon be abuzz again, as hundreds of workers arrive to harvest a fortune that’s way more certain than either silver mining or movie making: wind energy."

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25-01-2017 - Silverton Wind Farm - Meet the Constructor

Meet the Constructor Silverton Wind Farm Project

Date:                          Tuesday, 31 January, 2017

The ‘Meet the Constructor – Silverton Wind Farm Project’ is the first event to be held in the region during 2017.

The event brings together local businesses, job seekers and senior project representatives from AGL Energy (AGL), GE and CATCON to learn about the opportunities on the Silverton Wind Farm following the recent achievement of financial close. This will provide an opportunity for businesses and job seekers to meet key project personnel with responsibility for the design of the wind farm, sourcing business solutions, purchasing goods and services.

This Meet the Constructor event will focus on a range of materials, goods and services that will need to be procured during the construction phase of the Silverton Wind Farm Project.

GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company and Australian civil engineering construction company, CATCON, have been awarded the contract to develop and build the $450 million Silverton Wind Farm, in what will be the sixth largest wind farm in Australia.  GE and CATCON are strongly committed to working with Australian and local businesses and organisations to deliver local employment and supply chain opportunities.  Senior representatives from AGL, GE and CATCON bring this event to the local Silverton and Broken Hill communities, so come along and meet with representatives to investigate how you or your business can be part of the Silverton Wind Farm Project.

Session 1 – SILVERTON

Session 2 – BROKEN HILL

Time:  1.00pm to 3.00pm

Time:  6.00pm to 8.00pm

Location:  The Silverton Youth Hall

Location:  Broken Hill Centre for Community

Program*
1.00pm – 1.15pm   Registrations open

1.15pm – 1.30pm   Presentations from AGL, GE and CATCON

1.30pm – 3.00pm   Meetings with Representatives from GE and CATCON.

Program*
6.00pm – 6.15pm   Registrations open

6.15pm – 6.30pm   Presentations from AGL, GE and CATCON

6.30pm – 8.00pm   Meetings with Representatives from GE and CATCON

 (*subject to change) Refreshments will be available throughout the event.

Contacts:

Paul Busolin
or
Susan Green

Civil & Allied Technical Construction Pty Ltd (T/A CATCON)
T. 08 8347 1888
E. [email protected]

Joanne Woo
GE Australia and New Zealand
E. [email protected]

Karyn Looby
AGL Energy (AGL)
e. [email protected]

 

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20-01-2017 - SILVERTON WIND FARM PROJECT AWARD

AGL, GE and CATCON power ahead with Silverton Wind Farm Project

CATCON are pleased to announce today that CATCON have been selected by AGL in partnership with GE to construct the $450 million Silverton Wind Farm.

The Silverton Wind Farm is the first greenfield project under the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), a partnership between AGL, QIC and Future Fund for the development 1,000MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.

The 58 GE 3.4MW wind turbines will be the largest in Australia, with rotors spanning 130-metres.  Once operational the wind farm will generate approximately 780,000 MWh of energy annually, enough to power more than 136,000 average Australian homes. *

GE and CATCON have been named as the successful tenderer for the engineering procurement contract at Silverton, forming a Consortium, to develop the Wind Farm, which is targeted to be fully operational by the middle of 2018.

GE and CATCON, will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Silverton Wind Farm Project, which includes the supply, transportation, erection, fit-out and commissioning of 58 No. wind generation turbines, together with the design and construction of the WTG foundations, internal road and hardstand network, electrical reticulation system, external road upgrades and the construction of an Operations and Maintenance Facility.

CATCON CEO, Steve Moreau, said “we congratulate AGL and the PARF partnership on achieving financial close for this significant Renewable Energy Project and together with our joint venture partner, GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company, look forward to collaborating with AGL and the local community at Silverton to successfully construct this National Scale Wind Farm Project”.

A Meet the Buyer event will be held at the Silverton Youth Hall on Tuesday, 31 January, 2017.  The event brings together local businesses, job seekers and senior project and communications managers from AGL, GE and CATCON and creates an opportunity for businesses and job seekers to meet key company and project staff with responsibility for the design of projects, sourcing business solutions, purchasing goods and services.

About CATCON

CATCON is a leading, privately owned Australian Civil Construction Company, focussed on providing construction services to the Power Industry, including the Renewable Energy sector (Wind and Solar PV). CATCON is a dynamic and progressive Australian Industry Sector leader in providing construction solutions to the Renewable Energy industry, with an excellent track record and impressive portfolio of completed national scale renewable energy projects. CATCON draws upon this extensive experience for the Silverton Wind Farm project and are pleased to be a major partner for the first greenfield development under the Powering Australia Renewables Fund on behalf of AGL.

About AGL

AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.gereports.com.au

Ends.

Further information

Contact: Susan Green
Communications
E. [email protected]
T. +61 8 8347 1888


*Source – ASX & Media Release – AGL – dated 19 January, 2017 Powering Australian Renewables Fund achieves financial close of Silverton Wind Farm
* Other – News Release – GE – AGL, GE and CATCON join forces to build $450 million Silverton Wind Farm located in western NSW

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20-12-2016 - Barcaldine Solar Farm Completed 1 Month Ahead of Schedule - The Guardian

"Queensland’s largest operating solar farm has plugged into the national electricity grid and is set to generate enough power for almost 10,000 households by the end of 2016.

The Barcaldine remote community solar farm, in the state’s central west outback, connected to the national electricity market on Wednesday, more than a month ahead of schedule."

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/14/queenslands-largest-solar-farm-plugs-into-the-grid-a-month-early


 
16-12-2016 - Barcaldine Solar Farm Featured in Energy Source & Distribution

The Barcaldine Solar Farm Project has been featured in Energy Source & Distribution:

"With the potential to produce enough renewable energy to power around 9800 households, the Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm is expected to reach full generation by the end of the year."

"...more than 78,000 single axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have been installed at the plant, which will have a capacity of 20 MW AC (25 MW DC) when fully operational."

Read more:
http://www.esdnews.com.au/barcaldine-powering-move-big-solar-across-australia/

 

 


 
02-08-2016 - [Article] Hornsdale Wind Farm Joins the Grid

The latest stage of the Hornsdale Wind Farm has been featured in the latest "Engergy" Magazine.

"In late June, the second 100MW stage of the 105-turbine Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia, reached financial close, nearly four years after the project was first approved for construction."

"Ultimately, the project will pump around 1,050,000MW hours of clean, renewable electricity into the National Electricity Transmission Grid each year - enough to power around 180,000 homes."

Read the full article here.


 
21-06-2016 - Project Award – Barcaldine Solar Farm

We are delighted to announce that CATCON have been the successful tenderer for the Barcaldine Solar Farm project.

The Barcaldine Solar Farm is a proposed 25 megawatt photovoltaic solar project located approximately five kilometres east of the central western Queensland township of Barcaldine.

The project has been planned and developed by the Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm Pty Ltd (BRCSF), a company owned by Elecnor Australia Pty Ltd. Elecnor Australia is a subsidiary of Elecnor SA, one of the world’s leading solar energy EPC companies.

CATCON will be contracted by Greenlight for the Civil Works Package and Panel Installation.

The project is due to commence early works 4 July, 2016.

This is great news for CATCON, it further strengthens our position in the solar project and renewable energy sector.


 
21-06-2016 - Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage 3 – Civil Works Awarded to CATCON

CATCON are delighted to announce that we have been successful again in our tender to undertake the Civil Works for the Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage (3).

Hornsdale Wind Farm is a project consisting of up to 105 wind turbines located between 8km and 24km north of Jamestown in South Australia, in the locality of Hornsdale.

CATCON commenced early works in late May 2016.

Please see the Hornsdale Wind Farm website for regular project updates and milestones reached for this renewable energy project.  http://hornsdalewindfarm.com.au/

For further information or comment about CATCON’s works for this project contact:

Communications Manager
CATCON
(08) 8347 1888
[email protected]

NOTE: Stage 2 Civil Works Package completed by CATCON – 2015 to 2016.


 
01-02-2016 - Tonsley Project wins Global recognition - another CATCON Project

 

Global recognition for Tonsley

Thursday, 28 January 2016

South Australia’s ground-breaking Tonsley innovation district has received further international acclaim, winning the 2015 World Architecture News Award for Adaptive Reuse.

Judges selected Tonsley from more than 60 projects entered from around the world, with the innovative redevelopment the only Australian project to feature in the final six.

The 61-hectare site is Australia’s first innovation district bringing together leading-edge institutions and companies to connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators in a high-value industry, research, education and residential precinct.

Designed by Woods Bagot and Tridente Architects, the focus has been on creating Tonsley as an interconnected and intelligent mixed use precinct.

Woods Bagot Director Thomas Masullo said they were delighted by the global recognition.

“The Tonsley redevelopment represents another South Australian project that is world class in its ambitions, setting a new benchmark for sustainable urban regeneration projects,” he said.

“Tonsley has created an environment that fosters innovation co-located with industry, universities, TAFE and SME’s – it is a symbol of the knowledge economy.”

Tonsley’s key target sectors reflect the State’s areas of competitive advantage - mining and energy services; health; medical devices and assistive technologies; clean technologies and renewable energy; and software and simulation. 

The site is projected to provide 6,300 jobs during the life of the project and annually accommodate 8,500 students. The $253 million investment on site will leverage over $1 billion in private sector investment.

This award follows on from Tonsley’s Six-Star Green Star - Communities accreditation, Australia’s only urban renewal development to achieve this level of certification.”

The project is being delivered jointly by the Department of State Development and Renewal SA.

Image Caption: The Tonsley Redevelopment has won the World Architecture News Award for Adaptive Reuse


 
31-07-2015 - Project Update: Moree Solar Farm

CATCON were contracted in late 2014 to construct the Moree Solar Farm by The EPC Contractor for the project, Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd, a wholly owned local subsidiary of Elecnor, a major international engineering firm.

The Moree Solar Farm is located 10km south of Moree, in northern NSW, and once completed it will have a capacity of 56MWac (70MWp) and will generate enough electricity to supply around 15,000 homes.

CATCON commenced early works in February 2015 with a substantial portion of the contracted works already completed by end July, 2015.  The following provides installation works completed to date:

Item

Totals to be installed

Installed to Date

Upgraded external Road Works

 

2kms

Internal Access Roads across the farm

 

6kms

Mechanical Assembly (Tracker Rows)

28,000

1,143

Solar Panel Modules

224,000

63,123

Piles       

32,000

20,013 - ARRAY

2,324 - MOTOR MOUNT

99 - COMBINER BOX PILES

 

The aerial photos included provide an ideal platform to see the scale of the project, the terrain and works completed to date.

CATCON’s contracted works are due for completion end of October, 2015.

The overall Project is due for completion by early 2016, with an operating life of around 30 years. The estimated annual greenhouse gas emissions reduced by the project are 95,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Author contact details: Susan Green


 
12-06-2014 - Snowtown Wind Farm Near Completion and Enjoying Strong Local Community Support

The ABC recently featured an article on the Snowtown Wind Farm project and how it enjoys strong local community support. CATCON was a key component in this project and also supported the local community by assisting with the construction of the Snowtown Skate Park for local kids.

See the full article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-10/snowtown-wind-farm-locals-support/5511396


 
14-04-2014 - Royalla Solar Farm

The Royalla Solar Farm project is nearing completion. A remote control drone recently captured an aerial view of the site beautifully showing the near complete project.

 

 

Royalla Solar Farm Flyover from RCMedia on Vimeo.


 
17-02-2014 - Royalla Solar Farm - Major Milestone

Royalla Solar Farm - Major Milestone reached today

Congratulations to the Project and Piling teams for the completion of piling today.  It is a major milestone for the project as announced by David Baker, Construction Manager today.

There are 16650 piles, drilled to 150mm diameter and depth of 1600mm to 1900 mm. Steel “ C” section have been placed into the hole and alignment done prior to pour concrete. Pull out tests were conducted successfully yesterday on 6 sacrificial piles and the Client (ACCIONA) and Consulting Engineer’s (AECOM) representatives witnessed the tests.

Assembly and installation of structures and installation of PV modules (solar panels) is in progress.

There are total 81600 solar panels to be installed on the Project and 45% of the panels have been installed as of today (12/2/14) remaining to be completed by mid of March, 2014.


 
10-12-2013 - Snowtown & Royalla Feature in "Energy Source and Distribution" Magazine

Two of CATCON's projects have featured in this months Energy Source and Distribution Magazine:

Firstly: Snowtown Revamps Image as Clean Energy Capital - highlights the benefits of the project to the area.

Secondly: NSW and ACT Unite to Further Clean Energy Outcomes - discusses the joint NSW/ACT renewable energy  body with a focus on Royalla Solar Farm.

 


 
12-11-2013 - Rundle Mall Photo/Video Gallery

The Rundle Mall Masterplan website recently posted some photos and videos on the first stages of the Rundle Mall Redevelopment Project:

http://www.rundlemallmasterplan.com/gallery/index.shtml

"The Rundle Mall Redevelopment is well and truly under way!

Stage 1 & 2 of the Rundle Mall Redevelopment have now been opened to the public, with the Lord Mayor unveiling the art installation A Day Out, fondly known as 'The Pigs', in front of a large crowd on Friday 8 November 2013.

You can see some photos of the exciting occasion below, and keep an eye on this page for a timelapse showing the final days of the section.

The timelapse below was produced earlier in the year showing the extraordinary amount of work that goes on at night, with underground infrastructure works and future-proofing being a major part of the upgrade."


 
04-11-2013 - 20MW Royalla Solar Farm Contract Award

CATCON are pleased to announce contract award to construct the 20MW Royalla Solar Farm project, south of Canberra. Early works have already commenced with the project due for completion by mid, 2014.

CATCON are the sole contractor on site, working with our client Acciona Energy Oceania, contracted works consist of Balance of Plant: Civil Works, Mechanical Assembly, Electrical Works and HV Cabling Works.

The solar farm will create approximately 100 jobs during construction and when completed, generate enough electricity to power about 4500 Canberra homes. At the time of completion, Royalla will be one of the largest solar projects under operation in Australia.

The project will have 17,000 foundation piles – above-ground PV structures, including 80,000 Solar Panels, 10 Conversion Blocks, Meter Station enclosures and approximately 25km of underground cabling network.


 
28-10-2013 - CATCON listed in Top 100 2013 Company “The Cream” South Australia

We are very pleased to announce that CATCON have again taken a position in the recent Top 100 SA Companies in the InBusiness “The Cream” – South Australia listing.

The Cream, lists SA’s largest companies as measured by gross revenue. This year CATCON appeared in 10th place in the Contractors and Developers category.

CATCON’s capabilities, as a well-established and leading Civil Construction Company is again evidenced by our inclusion in The Cream listing for 2013, and our teams continue to demonstrate a proven capacity to complete major projects across Australia.


 
22-08-2013 - Rundle Mall Redevelopment Project Featured on Ten News

The Rundle Mall Redevelopment Project was featured on Ten News recently. The story shows the first of the trees being planted, a general progress report and some feedback from shoppers and retailers.

Click here to view: http://ten.com.au/ten-news-adelaide.htm?vid=2619604366001


 

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