10 of the World's Most Expensive Megaprojects
From the Top Down: Ending Sexual Harassment in the Construction Industry
Spending Up for the Month, Down for the Year
Friday Funny: "Raising the Roof"
Tracking Technology Helps Construction Companies Save Money, Improve Safety
What The ‘Tech’ Just Happened to Meetings?
Weekly Grind: The Future of Construction Technology Across the Country
Friday Funny: It's Just Ergonomics
By Australian associated Press
September 20, 2017
Jobs are already opening up in Far North Queensland with the region’s sudden boom in renewable energy projects.
They include the $225 million Ross River Solar Farm, a large scale project 20 km south of Townsville. On completion, the 148 megawatt farm is expected to generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 54,000 homes.
Australian-based solar developer, ESCO Pacific, and specialist independent infrastructure manager, Palisade Investment Partners, are partners in delivering the project.
Downer Utilities has been appointed as the Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contractor.
Site preparation works commenced this month, and the project team is already scouting for the construction workforce.
Project Director, Lyndon Frearson, said priority tasks before construction commences are the creation of a new site road entry, installation of perimeter fencing and set up of a site office and facilities for the construction team.
Mr Frearson said that at peak construction, a workforce of around 250 contractors and labourers will be required on-site, with local labour prioritised wherever possible.
“Recruitment is happening now to ensure we have a pool of appropriately skilled local workers to work alongside our specialist project team and operations staff,” he said.
“Individuals or companies that would like to understand the opportunities for Australian Industry can contact us via the [project] website.”
A total of 417,600 polycrystalline solar panels are being procured for the solar farm. These will be delivered in stages to the Port of Townsville.
The engineering design will see the panels attached to a ground-mounted single axis tracking system that will slowly track the daily movement of the sun, maximising the amount of energy the solar farm generates.
Construction is expected to be completed by late next year.
Overall, the North Queensland renewable energy sector is running red hot, with around $5 billion in projects in the pipeline. The Australian Solar Council and Battery Storage Council have estimated the developments will result in the generation of more than 5,000 Megawatts of electricity and support 3,200 jobs.
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the figures represent a vote of confidence in the government’s renewable energy policies, which include a target of 50 per cent of state state’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030.
"From the 5 Megawatt Scouller Energy solar farm near Normanton, to the 180 Megawatt Mt Emerald Wind Farm and the 250 Megawatt Genex Kidston Pumped Hydro project, these projects represent an extraordinary amount of investment in an industry that barely existed two and a half years ago," Ms Palaszczuk said.
The Government recently released a $386 million Powering North Queensland Plan that aims to generate more jobs and investment in the sector.
"The Plan will reinvest $150 million in dividends from our electricity assets – which we own – to build the transmission infrastructure necessary to connect these renewable projects to the grid," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"The investment ensures we can offer secure and affordable electricity for Queensland homes and Queensland businesses far into the future.”
She added that the government’s injection of investment in renewable energy is being almost exclusively devoted to regional and rural areas where “additional economic activity is amplified”.
Renewable Energy Projects Set to Deliver Thousands of Megawatts to Australia
That master strategist Sun Tzu knew a thing or two about out-thinking the competition. Turns out his focus on strategy over strength can be applied to gaining an edge in the construction industry. ... Read More
If you're a construction worker, you're most likely working physical labor and it can get hot if you're working under the sun. Here's a guide for h... Read More
As an architectural statement, the campus is a monument both to Apple’s corporate success and centrality to the global tech culture. At 176 acres, ... Read More
August 8, 2016
"Some of the cool things that we're doing on job sites today are with Rovers and the alive platform. Alive is that software platform that glues to... Read More
The National Association of Women in Construction has a new executive vice president. This change marks a “brand new day and brand new way” for the... Read More
Every construction business owner can learn a lot from competitors. But merely copying them won't do. You will just always stay one step behind. So... Read More
We've selected eight women from all walks of life to ask them one common question: what advice would you give women who want to enter the construct... Read More