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

26 July 2018

Sydney Winter Networking Event

Alegrias Spanish Tapas - 9/332 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041
    13 September 2018
    19 October 2018

    2018 Annual Gala Dinner

    Hyatt Regency - 161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

    Corporate Members

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    Cardno’s fire safety expert contributes to safer infrastructure and buildings in Australia

    12 July 2018 Bruce Watson, Team Leader – Hydraulics and Fire, has accepted an invitation to join the technical management committee on Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) Project, being undertaken by The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney. Bruce was invited by the Warren Centre’s Chairman and Cardno’s consultant, Richard (Dick) Kell, who recently received the Gold Medal Award from the Association of Consulting Structural Engineers (ACSE) for his outstanding and long-term contribution to the structural engineering profession. The technical management committee on the Fire Safety Engineering Project examines the issues of regulation, control and professionalism in the field of fire safety. Bruce’s role is to provide reviews of their research related to current government enquiries and other more material focussed research. The objective of the Warren Centre’s FSE project is to have Fire Safety Engineering recognised and accredited nationally as a branch of Professional Engineering, thus encouraging innovation and excellence in building designs and addressing fire safety outcomes in new and existing buildings and infrastructure across Australia. “It is an exciting role and a great honour to be part of a team that is making changes at a national level to make Australian infrastructure and buildings safer,” said Bruce. For more information about The Warren Centre, visit their page here: https://thewarrencentre.org.au/. For more information contact: Bruce Watson Team Leader – Hydraulics and Fire +61 2 9496 7700 bruce.watson@cardno.com.au

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    Ingeteam is awarded the supply of 620 MW of PV inverters to Australia, while commissioning 146 MW and supplying a further 119 MW

    12 July 2018 Ingeteam, a leading company in the design of power and control electronics, electric machines and electrical engineering, has recently signed a number of contracts for supplies to photovoltaic plants in Australia, a country in which the company boasts an important market share in the solar sector. Thanks to these new contracts, Ingeteam has reached the figure of 1060 MW supplied to the Australian PV market. The company, which has been present in Australia for more than five years now, is to supply a total of 377 central photovoltaic inverters, all with 1500 Vdc technology, with delivery now underway. These inverters, which are part of the INGECON SUN PowerMax B series family, are being sent to five large solar generation plants, totaling 620 MW. Moreover, the supply is not limited to the PV inverters, but covers the integrated medium voltage solution, which is divided into two types. Approximately 63% corresponds to the Skid series for Ingeteam's Inverter Station solution, which comprises a metal platform or skid holding all the low and medium voltage equipment required (LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer), and which is connected in the field to three 1500 Vdc inverters. The rest of the supply corresponds to the INGECON SUN CON40 power stations where the equipment mentioned above (three 1500 Vdc PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer) is housed in a 40 foot container, shipped as a turnkey solution. Moreover, Ingeteam has recently commissioned two solar plants totaling 146 MW in the state of Queensland. These plants have also been equipped with 1500 Vdc PV inverters, integrated in the INGECON SUN CON40 power stations. On the other hand, the company is set to commission another plant, with an output power of 119 MW, for which it has supplied 25 Inverter Stations each equipped with seventy-five 1600 kW inverters. These new contracts consolidate the position of Ingeteam in Australia, where the company has now crossed the 1GW threshold of power supplied to the solar market. Scope of supply 80 power stations fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: three PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard. 47 power stations of the INGECON SUN CON40 series fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: three PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard, all housed in a 40 foot container. 377 units of 1500 Vdc photovoltaic inverters, each with a rated power output ranging from 1600 to 1740 kW, pertaining to the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series family.

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    As Tasmania ramps up renewable energy infrastructure investment, public and private sector leaders have underlined the need for more collaboration to secure the required skills, finance and project delivery capabilities

    12 July 2018 Representatives from Hydro Tasmania, UPC Renewables Australia and GHD recently came together in Hobart to share their visions for energy development in the state. According to Chris Gwynne, Hydro Tasmania Battery of the Nation Program Director, the retirement of coal generation is a massive opportunity for Tasmania. “Tasmania is a renewable energy powerhouse and one of our key advantages is our existing hydro assets. There is significant potential to repurpose some of these hydro sites to provide storage, firming and balancing services to the National Electricity Market,” he said. UPC Renewables Australia is developing wind farms in northwest Tasmania, at Robbins Island and Jims Plain, with a combined output of up to 1150 MW. David Pollington, UPC Renewables Australia Chief Operations Officer, said the company was also looking at other sites around the state, but another interconnector between Tasmania and Victoria would be needed to fully realise the potential of the state’s wind resources. “Projects like Robbins Island and Jims Plain, combined with the pumped hydro potential and Tasmania’s already enormous storage capability, are a realistic solution for Australia’s energy needs. This combination of resources can deliver affordable, low-emission and reliable energy for the future,” he said. GHD is supporting UPC Renewables with approvals and engineering services for Robbins Island and Jims Plain projects. “Our Tasmanian team comprises more than 110 people, who are proud to help accelerate the uptake of renewable energy in Australia. With many parts of Tassie well suited for pumped storage facilities, we are also drawing on our local and global power and dam engineering capabilities to support our clients,” said Sean Tucker, GHD’s Manager, Tasmania.

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