THE SPANISH-AUSTRALIAN
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

05 March 2020

Inaugural 2020 Ibero-American Business Network (Melbourne)

Movida Aqui Pacos Tacos - Level, Rear 500 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
11 March 2020

Combined Chambers International Women’s Day

26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009
    12 March 2020

    Summer Networking Event (Sydney)

    Primus Hotel - Rooftop Bar, Level Seven 339 Pitt St, Sydney 2000

      Corporate Members

      News

      UGL secures $180M in mining sector contracts

      22 January 2020 CIMIC Group company UGL has secured contracts to provide maintenance, shutdown and project services for its clients in the mining sector. These new contracts will generate a combined revenue to UGL of approximately $180 million and be executed over a three-year period, providing mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and access services for maintenance, shutdowns and sustaining capital projects. The contracts will deliver: A three-year contract to provide multi-discipline services for Alcoa across the Wagerup and Pinjarra sites in Western Australia; and Maintenance, shutdown and project services across multiple sites and with multiple clients in the Bowen Basin in Queensland. CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “These contract awards demonstrate UGL’s position as a market leader in the Australian mining industry for the delivery of maintenance and mechanical, electrical and instrumentation access services.” UGL Managing Director Jason Spears said: “We are excited to be leveraging our 30 years of experience in the mining industry to support key organisations in the resources sector. Our strong working partnerships with leading mining organisations support UGL’s reputation for solid performance and safe delivery of maintenance and shutdown services.”

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      Acciona grows its Australian presence through the acquisition of the ongoing Lendlease Engineering business

      19 December 2019 ACCIONA has entered into an agreement with Lendlease to acquire the ongoing business of Lendlease engineering. The agreement comprises eight key projects: Southern Program Alliance (Victoria). A level crossing removal project. In JV with ACCIONA. Southern Program Alliance AWP1 (Victoria). Additional work. In JV with ACCIONA. Ballarat Line Upgrade (Victoria). Railway upgrade. In JV with ACCIONA. WestConnex 3A (NSW). Two 7.5 km-long twin motorway tunnels. Western Sydney International Airport (NSW). Major bulk earthworks package. Pacific Highway W2B (NSW). Road section upgrade. Galwer Rail (S. Australia). Electrification project. The Northern Road Upgrade (NSW). Road Section upgrade. Under the terms of the agreement, the NorthConnex and Kingsford Smith Drive projects, both in their final stages, and Melbourne Metro will not be included in the perimeter and will remain with Lendlease. The transaction, valued at AU$180 million, includes a substantial fleet of plant and equipment as well as the project-related workforce and Lendlease Engineering's business development teams. The consolidated capability and additional construction pipeline will reinforce ACCIONA's position as a leading Australian constructor and allow it to accelerate the pace of growth of its infrastructure business in a dynamic market worth AU$30 billion a year. Australia is one of ACCIONA's strategic markets for its infrastructure and renewable energy business. The integration of the new projects will result in ACCIONA achieving annual construction revenues in Australia in excess of AU$2 billion in near term, growing towards AU$3.0-3.5 billion in the medium term, anticipating ACCIONA's growth targets for the country. The agreement is expected to become effective in the first half of 2020 subject to regulatory approvals and client and third party consents. The integration reinforces ACCIONA's excellence in engineering and construction in Australia and will complement the company's solid credentials in roads, rail systems, ports, water and energy infrastructure in the country, resulting in a broader range of projects across the country. Bede Noonan, ACCIONA's Managing Director for Infrastructure Australia and New Zealand, will continue to head the business as CEO of the enlarged unit. ' "The agreement will bring together a strong domestic team with truly global experience at a time when demonstrated capability and bench strength to deliver on Australia's significant infrastructure pipeline is at a premium," said Bede Noonan. "The range and scale of projects in this market is growing and companies with strong domestic capability and expertise are needed to meet the challenge." "Our business is wholly reliant on people and we look forward to integrating this highly experienced team. Our shared corporate values will ensure that we remain a company focused on environmental and social sustainability, caring for our people and focusing on our customer needs," he added.

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      Iberdrola enters Australia market with big plans, including 320MW wind solar hybrid

      18 November 2019 By Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy Spanish energy giant Iberdrola has unveiled plans to tap the “tremendous” potential of Australia’s renewables market, starting with a 320MW hybrid wind and solar plant in South Australia in 2021. The Bilbao-based company said it had developed a 650MW pipeline in Australia after “spending several years studying opportunities there,” and the broader Asia-Pacific region. According to reports citing an emailed statement, Iberdrola’s director of renewable energy, Xabier Viteri, said the company saw “tremendous potential” for growth in Australia. “Like a lot of countries, we see increasing demand from the public and businesses for their energy to come from clean sources,” Viteri said. “When you have that demand, coupled with abundant natural resources for high-performance wind and solar, it creates a highly attractive market to invest in.” The company reportedly wants to have its first projects up and running in as soon as 2021, starting with the $A500 million hybrid project in the Spencer Gulf region of South Australia. The S.A. project would not have battery storage initially, the company said, but storage was being considered for future Australian developments. Iberdrola currently has around 31GW of installed generation capacity in Europe, the US and South America, around 70 per cent of which is “carbon-free”. The company’s vote of confidence – and promise of major new investment – in the Australian renewable energy market comes as the industry warns of a downturn in new projects, thanks to a cluster of grid-related issues that are causing connection delays and compromising project revenue. Read more

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