CIMIC’s UGL wins $296M in renewables and utility contracts

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CIMIC Group’s engineering subsidiary UGL has secured a number of design, engineering, procurement and construction contracts in the renewables and utilities sectors, with a combined expected revenue of more than $296 million.

As part of these, UGL will work on multiple projects at the MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct Connection Project in south west Queenland for utility company Powerlink, including design and construction of two 330kV switching stations and building 65 kilometres of double circuit transmission line.

MacIntyre wind farm is a proposed 1,026MW onshore wind complex to be built 200 kilometres south-west of Brisbane, Queensland. The wind farm is being developed by ACCIONA in partnership with CleanCo, an Australian state-owned electricity generator. When it becomes operational in 2024, the facility will occupy 36,000 hectares of land, making it one of the largest onshore wind farms in the world.

UGL will also design and build a 88MW solar farm, substation and transmission line in the Mt Isa region in Queensland for gas and electricity group APA. Australian energy infrastructure business, APA Group is delivering the 88MW solar farm in Queensland’s north west in two stages, with the first 44MW stage due to be operational by mid-2023.

A third contract will see UGL involved in engineering, procurement and construction of an 87MW solar farm and substation upgrade works at Tailem Bend for Vena Energy in South Australia. Work on the projects are due to be completed by 2023.

Juan Santamaria, CIMIC’s chief executive officer, said: “We are proud to be supporting the growth of the Australian renewable energy market with these projects.

“UGL has deep experience in critical power infrastructure across transmission lines, solar farms and other renewables, and recently completed work on the Victorian Big Battery project in Victoria and the Wallgrove Grid Battery project in NSW.”

Doug Moss, UGL managing director, said: “UGL is a market leader in Australian renewables projects, and in the design and construction of high voltage transmission lines.

“The Mica Creek project will be UGL’s third solar project for APA Group and the Tailem Bend two project is a continuation of the work we performed with Vena Energy on the adjacent site, both great examples of how UGL enjoys strong relationships with our clients, and we look forward to continuing our relationships with them through these contract wins.”


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