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Iberdrola gets down to business in Australia: construction begins on Port Augusta, its first large-scale hybrid power plant

October 9, 2020 After the acquisition of Infigen, ground has been broken on its first renewable project in Australia, with 317 MW capacity and A$ 500 million investment Around 200 jobs will be supported during construction until the project is commissioned in 2021 Pull effect on Spanish suppliers: Elecnor to build the plant's transmission line and substation, as well as the storage areas and access roads Iberdrola gets down to business in Australia with the construction of its first renewable energy project after the friendly acquisition of Infigen Energy, one of the country's key developers of renewable energy projects. Located in South Australia, Port Augusta is thus far its first solar-wind hybrid plant in the world, with an investment of A$ 500 million. This renewable facility will combine 210 MW wind with 107 MW photovoltaic technologies and once in operation it will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 180,000 Australian homes per year. In total around 200 jobs will be supported during construction until the project is commissioned in 2021. Thus, Iberdrola is also contributing to foster the post-COVID green economic recovery and job creation in Australia. The project, which involves global, Australian and Spanish suppliers, is already contributing to the revitalization of industry. In recent months Iberdrola has signed major contracts for the Port Augusta project with Vestas for the supply and installation of 50 wind turbines with a 4.2 MW capacity and Longi for nearly 250,000 solar PV panels. Elecnor will construct the storage areas and access roads, as well as delivering the export transmission line, the substation and wind farm Balance of Plant. Sterling & Wilson will construct the solar farm. NEW MARKETS DRIVING THE GREEN RECOVERY Today's ground-breaking event at Port Augusta was attended by Iberdrola Country Manager, Fernando Santamaría, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Minister for Energy and Mining. During his speech, Santamaria highlighted “the company's commitment to the Australian market while continuing to bet on clean energies as a way out of the current crisis caused by the pandemic." With its entry into Australia, Iberdrola advances in its diversification process and positions itself in markets with great renewable energy potential. Following the acquisition of Infigen Energy, Australia has become one of the major growth platforms for Iberdrola. The group has become one of the leaders in the Australian market, where it now operates more than 800 megawatts (MW) of owned and contracted solar, wind and battery storage capacity, with 453 MW under construction (including Port Augusta) and a project pipeline of over 1,000 MW in different development stages. Renewable energy in Australia continues to increase its market share and is expected to accelerate growth over the next ten years. According to the 2019 Australian Energy Report, 21% of electricity generation came from renewable sources, with solar production growing by 46% and wind by 19%. By 2030, emissions from the electricity sector are expected to fall by 23% and the share of renewable energies in the generation mix to reach 48%*. Read more.  

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Zitrón has been awarded to design and manufacture the tunnel ventilation for the Melbourne Metro.

October 14, 2020 Zitrón has been appointed by The CYP Design and construction Joint Venture (John Holland Pty Ltd, Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd and Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd) to design and manufacture the tunnel ventilation axial fans and over-track exhaust axial fans for the Melbourne Metro. The Zitrón Australia team is very proud to have been awarded this contract and to be part of the world’s leading ventilation company for metro and rail tunnel ventilation systems. The awarding of this contract means that Zitrón has been the preferred supplier of ventilation systems for 45 of the 210 cities in the world that have metro systems in operation. Across the world, thousands of Zitrón fans are currently providing a safe environment for the millions of users of underground metros worldwide. The primary fans that will be supplied under the contract will be manufactured in Zitrón’s facilities in Perth, Australia. Prototype fan testing will be carried out at Zitrón’s headquarters, in the company’s AMCA-accredited test bench, the largest in the world for axial fan testing. With Zitrón also having supplied the permanent ventilation fans for Sydney Metro Northwest and Forrestfield Airport Link, the awarding of the Melbourne Metro contract reinforces Zitrón’s industry leadership and strong commitment to the Australian rail sector. Learn more about Zitrón.  

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Acciona Infrastructure Project Australia had been selected to complete the first contract of works for the upgrade, the stretch from Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road

September 22, 2020 Source: Queensland Government's website. Minister for Transport and Main Roads The Honourable Mark Bailey Work will start before Christmas to add lanes in each direction on the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and Beerburrum. The $662.5 million jointly funded upgrade, which will deliver six lanes on the Bruce Highway from Caboolture Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163), will boost the Sunshine Coast’s economic recovery, with more than 660 jobs on offer when construction ramps up. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Acciona Infrastructure Project Australia had been selected to complete the first contract of works for the upgrade, creating jobs at a critical time in Queensland’s recovery effort. “This project is a key part of the Australian Government's record $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline which will support our economy at a time when it is needed most,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. “The Australian Government’s contribution of $530 million is all about creating jobs for Queenslanders, particularly those in the construction and manufacturing industries.” Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project was one of four major Bruce Highway upgrades that would be under simultaneous construction between Brisbane and Gympie. “When work starts on this project, there will be four upgrades with a combined value of more than $2.8 billion transforming the highway between Brisbane and Gympie, supporting more than 2,000 jobs all up as part of Queensland’s economic recovery plan,” Mr Bailey said. “Anyone who drives the highway regularly between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast will have experienced the congestion between Beerburrum and Elimbah. “The work starting soon will widen an 11-kilometre section of the highway from four lanes to six lanes and replace 10 bridges over five creek crossings with wider, higher bridges.” Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said the upgrade would be delivered as two contracts – one between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road and a second between Pumicestone Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163). “Both stages of the project are expected to be completed in early 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting,” Mr Young said. “Work on the first stage will start later this year, while the second contract is expected to be awarded early next year and construction scheduled to start mid-2021 – all fantastic news for local jobs and drivers.” The Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $530 million and the Queensland Government committing $132.5 million. Acciona Infrastructure Project Australia was formerly known as Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd. Find out more about this project here: https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/bruce-highway-caboolture-bribie-island-road-to-steve-irwin-way-exit-163

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