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FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTAUSTRALASIA


Wind turbines being transported to Meridian’s Brooklyn turbine site in Wellington.


capacity to fulfil the government’s renewable energy promises by 2050. The Ministry of Business, Innovation


and Employment (MBIE) has radically overhauled its assumptions about the electricity market, in part reflecting new expectations about economic growth and the more rapid uptake of electric vehicles. It estimates about 6,300 MW of new


generating capacity will be needed over the next 30 years and assumes that, based on current trends, 55 percent of that new capacity will come from wind energy. While wind turbines have been getting


larger and more efficient, Gaskell said the ministry’s new scenario still translates into a requirement for about another 1,000 wind turbines, with a generating capacity of about five times the country’s existing wind farms.


Imminent projects Large wind farms that have received resource consent but have not yet been built include an 860 MW farm proposed by Genesis Energy at Castle Hill northeast of Masterton, as well as a 504 MW project on the Waikato Coast for which Contact Energy has received consent. Genesis has also signed an agreement


with Tilt Renewables that will result in the construction of 130 MW of capacity at the Waverley wind farm in South Taranaki during 2021. It is not just in New Zealand that rail


projects are opening up opportunities for the project logistics market. Across the Tasman Sea in Sydney, procurement has begun for major contracts to deliver Sydney Metro West,


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which will more than double the existing rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney central business district. The state government confirmed that


seven stations will be built at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park (a second station), North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and the Bays Precinct. As part of the procurement process, the


New South Wales (NSW) government is searching for suppliers capable of building more than 50 km of new metro railway tunnels. This is likely to involve the biggest tunnelling contract awarded in Australian history, and the longest railway tunnels ever built in the country. Work will start at the Bays Precinct where


the main tunnelling will begin. Starting in 2020, early work will include site surveys, investigations and road relocation. Tunnel boring machines will need to be brought in to start the main work by 2022. Elsewhere in Australia, a couple of major


contracts are being let which may have spin-off benefits for the project market. In Western Australia, Agrimin, developer


of the Mackay potash project, has obtained a site at Wyndham Port for a storage and shipment facility. The contract to design a truck-unloading hopper system, covered


The New South Wales (NSW) government is searching for suppliers capable of building more than 50 km of new metro railway tunnels.


storage sheds, granulation equipment, workshops and offices has been awarded to Kerman Contracting. Meanwhile, Agrimin has also let a key


contract for the development of its potash export facility at Wyndham to Transhipment Services Australia (TSA). The memorandum of understanding, signed in October 2019, will see TSA develop a barge loading and transhipment system, customised for the transfer of potash to deepwater bulkships up to Ultramax size (62,000 dwt).


Adani contracts On the Eastern Australia seaboard, a major contract has also been signed by the Adani Group for its AUD16.5 billion (USD11.32 billion) Carmichael coal mining project. While some potential contractors have been reluctant to engage Adani due to the vigorous environmental opposition to the project, Martinus Rail has not been put off from signing a AUD100 million (USD685.4million) rail contract. Lucas Dow, Adani Mining ceo, said that


more than AUD450 million (USD308.4million) worth of contracts have already been awarded for the Carmichael project in total. Adani has invited “regional candidates


and businesses” to apply or register their interest for future contract opportunities with the project via Adani’s website. Firms can also use Adani’s supplier


portals to see the company’s work packages and work opportunities with its contractors being advertised.


January/February 2020


HLPFI 125


Meridian Energy


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