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26 June 2019

2019 INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM: Strategic Transport For Australia’s Future

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Aurecon appoints Rail Leader to capitalise on Asia’s infrastructure growth

8 May 2019 Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Chris Deakin as Rail Leader – Asia to lead the company’s rail and mass transit practice in the region. In his role, Chris ­will be responsible for leading, developing and managing the rail and mass transit service line and teams within Aurecon’s Asia business. Based in Singapore, Chris will lead key relationships with clients and industry partners to enhance Aurecon’s market growth and positioning. In addition, Chris will lead the digital delivery programme for the Singapore infrastructure business. “I am delighted to welcome Chris to drive Aurecon’s business in rail and mass transit. Governments in Asia are increasingly focused on creating smart, accessible and liveable cities, which require digital integration and innovative problem-solving. Chris brings an abundance of both qualities as well as a keen understanding of clients’ needs,” said Scott Smith, Client Director – Infrastructure, Asia. Chris has more than 18 years of international experience in leading, designing, and managing major infrastructure projects. His track record includes metro and high-speed alignment designs for Singapore, systems engineering in Malaysia, light rail in Australia and detailed permanent way design and construction projects for heavy rail in the UK. Chris is a skilled Permanent Way, Trackwork and Alignment engineer with design, installation and management experience, accompanied by strong digital engineering knowledge. “Traditionally, rail engineering focuses on refining established methods in the way we design, engineer, and construct, rather than imagining what’s possible by challenging ourselves and what we know. I am excited to join Aurecon because it is a company that is not constrained by the past and is leveraging digital to shape the industry,” said Chris.

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ACCIONA’s Coleman Rail wins Rio Tinto contract in Western Australia

1 May 2019 ACCIONA Australia subsidiary Coleman Rail has won a civil works contract for Rio Tinto’s new iron ore mine in Western Australia, Koodaideri, in partnership with Western Australian engineering and construction company Clough. The contract will create 200 new jobs and involve site establishment, rail formation and drainage earthworks, rail maintenance track, bridge construction, culverts and drainage structures, and level crossings. ACCIONA Geotech Managing Director Bede Noonan said: “We are proud to be working for Rio Tinto as part of the ACCIONA Clough Joint Venture, supporting the development of its most technologically-advanced mine, Koodaideri.” “This builds on our momentum in Western Australia following a recent contract to construct a new waste-to-energy plant at Kwinana, and our recent completion of the Ashton Avenue Bridge in Claremont. We anticipate this new project will contribute to the development of specialist skills in the Western Australian construction industry, creating local opportunities in addition to being a great project for our team.” The Koodaideri Project is a greenfield mine development for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in the East Pilbara mining region. The Koodaideri mine will initially be developed with an annual capacity of 43 million tonnes. To allow the transportation of iron ore product to either Dampier or Cape Lambert, the project requires a 170km rail spur to connect the Koodaideri mine to the existing Rio Tinto Iron Ore rail network, just south of Lyre Siding at Numbat.

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FRV’s Lilyvale solar plant up and running in Australia

10 April 2019 The solar plant will produce enough energy to supply more than 45,000 Australian homes, while avoiding the emission of 175,000 tons of CO2 per year FRV has invested USD 700m in Australia since 2012 Company investing USD 900m worldwide in 2019 alone in strategy to increase installed capacity eight-fold by 2024 in projects around the world Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and a global leader in the development of renewable energy projects, has announced that the Lilyvale solar plant (100 MW ac) in Queensland, Australia, began production last month. The project, started producing its first Kwh of energy on March 9th and is expected to reach full capacity during the coming months after completion of the AEMO testing phase. Located in the Queensland Central Highlands region, the Lilyvale solar plant is now connected to the national power grid, generating enough power to supply a population equivalent to 45,000 homes. This is the second large-scale solar installation of FRV in Queensland. FRV signed a PPA with Ergon Energy Retail for the full plant capacity in January 2017. The project was financed in September 2017 with a group of banks comprising the Banking Group of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), the Bank of Tokyo and Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd (MUFG) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Carlo Frigerio, Managing Director of FRV in Australia, highlights the importance of this project in the generation of green energy in the country: “Australia continues to be a key market worldwide for renewable energy investments. With projects like Lilyvale, FRV is delighted to participate to the country’s ongoing energy transformation and transition to sustainability and care for the environment” Fady Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “We are proud to announce this project milestone, and to be contributing to Australia’s drive for clean energy. Australia is a strong and promising market for FRV and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, and we see significant potential to expand investment in the years ahead, and spearhead the development of the sector in the country and further afield. He added: “Abdul Latif Jameel Energy has committed to significantly expanding FRV’s international operations, with plans to invest USD900 million in 2019 alone, and the goal of increasing the total installed capacity of our projects around the world over eight-fold in the next five years, from 0.7 GW at the beginning of 2019 to 5.8 GW by 2024. FRV has developed a total of six solar operating or committed projects in Australia with an accumulated investment of around USD 0.7 billion since 2012: Royalla (20 MW AC) in the Australian Capital Territory, Moree (56 MW AC) in New South Wales, Clare (100 MW AC) and Lilyvale (100MW AC) in Queensland, Goonumbla (67.8 MW AC) in New South Wales and Winton (85 MW AC) in Victoria. Source: http://frv.com/

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