Overview of the Project
The Hillston Sun Farm project is an 85MWac / 120 MWdc project, located at Hillston, southwestern New South Wales. Please find below the main parties involved in the project:
· Amp – Owner of the project
· GRS – Main Contractor for the Engineering Procurement and Construction of the Project
· GRS – Main Contractor for the first 2 years of the O&M stage
GRS (Main Contractor) is currently working an Early Works Agreement containing a limited scope of works. This scope will be increased once the EPC contract is signed (Sept. 2020).
Project Timing and Execution Strategy
The construction works will start in early October 2020 and finish in December 2021.
GRS’ execution strategy for the EPC is to divide the works into different packages, that are awarded to subcontractors assuming the relevant liabilities over their activities. GRS supervises all the works providing an inhouse project management team with wide experience in the industry.
GRS’ operation strategy is to subcontract most of the roles needed on site during the operation of the PV Plant. GRS seeks long term commitment from the staff (2 years) in order to minimize turnovers and provides training for the personnel.
Location and Use of Land
The project site is located at 33.53°S /145.523°E and is 3.5km south of the township of Hillston in south western New South Wales. Hillston SF is located on Kidman Way which connects the town to the Midwestern Highway and Griffith to the south and to the Sturt Highway which is a major interconnecting transport route from Sydney to Adelaide and Northern Victoria to south western NSW. The location is serviced by a major rural airport at Griffith (NSW). Hillston is also serviced by a local airport for smaller planes. Land use in the region is ideally suited to broad acre wheat, cereal and cotton production due to the high solar irradiation, flat topography and availability of water from the nearby Lachlan River.
Connection and export of generation output is to the Essential Energy 132/33kV Hillston substation located immediately adjacent to the project land. The solar farm substation will be connected onto the Essential Energy’s network at the existing and adjacent Hillston substation. Connection will occur at a single point of connection (POC) and will utilize the available network capacity without the need for augmentation works to the network system. The Hillston substation is located immediately adjacent to the solar farm site, separated by a local Council dirt road. Hillston Sun Farm has secured a binding agreement with Council to cross the road with electrical connection infrastructure.
Experience and Capability
The Contractor must demonstrate its capability to deliver the relevant package, including experience in delivering works and experienced personnel.SHOW LESS