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SICE expands its scope of works in the Rozelle Interchange Project

October 29, 2020 WestConnex is the largest road transport infrastructure project in Australia. Once finished, it will form a key component of Sydney’s motorway network, providing an underground link between the M4 and M5 to create a continuous motorway without traffic lights. It will provide high-quality connections from Western Sydney to Sydney Airport and Port Botany, supporting Sydney’s forecast growth in population and employment along these corridors. WestConnex will also ensure greater connectivity between the greater west, the south, the south-west and the inner-city hubs and provide relief for hundreds of thousands of motorists who experience high traffic volumes every day. The final stage of WestConnex, the Rozelle Interchange, will provide an underground interchange with City West Link and an underground bypass of Victoria Road connecting the Iron Cove Bridge and ANZAC Bridge. When complete the Project will also provide an entry portal to the Western Harbour Tunnel. In December 2018, SICE was awarded a package of work by the John Holland CPB Contractors Joint Venture (JHCPB JV) to deliver the OMCS head-end hardware and software; the integration of the Rozelle Interchange project into the WestConnex Integrated OMCS (IOMCS); and PMCS + PLC Network. In September 2020, SICE was awarded an additional contract by John Holland CPB Contractors JV (JHCPB JV). This includes the design, procurement and commissioning of critical tunnel subsystems such as Closed Circuit Television System, Automatic Vehicle Incident Detection System, Emergency Phones System and Motorway Network Communications System. SICE will also design and commission Driver Advisory Signage, an Overheight Vehicle Detection System, a Tunnel Closure System, Traffic Enforcement, Ramp Metering and other Vehicle Detection Systems as well as Cabinets to house the infrastructure to run these systems. Containing all the traffic systems within the same scope will allow SICE to deliver an end to end and comprehensive solution and will ensure seamless integration of all the equipment. Furthermore, as a unique feature of this project, the Rozelle Interchange OMCS will be included into to the WestConnex IOMCS, also delivered by SICE as part of the WestConnex M4-M5 Link project. The implementation of SIDERA to this final stage of the WestConnex Motorway ensures that it will be fully controlled by the same state-of-the-art OMCS software. The IOMCS assures the control and monitoring of all the WestConnex stages from a unified, integrated operating system, all based in SIDERA. This will create a streamlined experience for both operators and road users. As a result, it will facilitate the daily operation and maintenance of the entire infrastructure and will guarantee two key objectives of this project: safety and efficiency.   To date, SICE has successfully implemented its in-house OMCS solution SIDERA in four projects in Australia (M5W motorway, T2E, M4E and M8 Tunnels) and one project in NZ (The Waterview tunnel). Moreover, three additional projects are currently in the delivery phase within the WestConnex Project (Sydney) and West Gate Tunnel Project (Melbourne). As a systems integration technology company, our extensive and comprehensive experience places SICE as a top player in Operations Management & Control Systems within the Australian and New Zealand markets. Read more. Photo: Rozelle Interchange aerial view. John Holland's original picture.    

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Iberdrola and Fertiberia place Spain at the forefront of green hydrogen in Europe, with 800 MW and €1.8 billion investment projected by 2027

October 28, 2020 The projects would cover 20% of the national target - which foresees 4GW capacity by 2030 - and would contribute to the creation of a local H2 industry while generating 4,000 jobs, through 500 local suppliers The plan would invigorate an innovation and industrial hub with high growth potential, the manufacturing of electrolyzers, and would promote economic and social development in areas that face economic challenges In 2021, Europe's largest green hydrogen complex for industrial use will be operational in Puertollano, following investment of €150 million The Green hydrogen industry has been boosted with a new alliance between Iberdrola and Fertiberia, which seeks to turn Spain into an industrial leader of a technology that will be fundamental to delivering climate neutrality. The partnership could see the installation of 800 MW of green hydrogen production capacity, with € 1.8 billion investment over seven years. In the next year the partners will commission their first plant in Puertollano, becoming Europe's largest green hydrogen complex for industrial use. The innovative partnership includes plans to develop three additional projects between 2023 and 2027, in the Fertiberia plants of Puertollano (Ciudad Real) and Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) which could deliver 40 times the capacity of the first plant. This morning's announcement was made by Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola, and Javier Goñi, Chairman of Fertiberia. "This great project that could turn Spain into the first country to obtain 100% of its ammonia production from green energy sources.” The project is the result of an alliance "which puts both companies' capabilities at the disposal of an unprecedented transformation process", said Galán. "An alliance that is not based on mere intentions, but on concrete actions. Once again, we are pioneering the implementation of a new clean technology, green hydrogen, and we are doing it together with the best partner, Fertiberia,” he added. Galán highlighted the European Union's green hydrogen strategy. "These are ambitious plans that aim to put Europe at the top of the world league of this technology," said the Chairman of Iberdrola, "and they require industrial companies willing to face up to the transformation of their production processes; a supply chain ready to fabricate the infrastructure for electrolysis on a large scale, with increasingly efficient and competitive equipment- The ambitions need companies with sufficient investment and execution capacity to generate and supply the required capacity of green energy; and support from the European Union to make these projects a reality". Javier Goñi explained that the alliance with Iberdrola makes Fertiberia "the first company in the industry that feeds its large plants with green hydrogen, thanks to local renewable sources that will also supply our electricity consumption needs". This project also allows Fertiberia to "show the way forward to the rest of the operators". With this "strategic and decisive" step, fertilizers will be manufactured with a high level of effectiveness and environmental efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as required by the future Common Agricultural Policy. "More than 50% of our turnover already comes from high added value products, a percentage that will exceed 60% in 2023", highlighted Goñi, for whom the agreement with a European energy champion like Iberdrola "helps to promote the Spain brand as an international symbol of innovation and technological leadership". CREATION OF 4,000 JOBS THROUGH 500 LOCAL SUPPLIERS Iberdrola's comprehensive project places the group at the forefront of the new technological challenge posed by the production and supply of hydrogen from 100% renewable sources. The plan would deliver 800 MW of electrolysis, equivalent to 20% of Spain´s national target - which envisages the installation of 4GW by 2030 - and would ensure that around 25% of the hydrogen currently consumed in Spain is emissions free. "Our green hydrogen plan is a project linked to green investment, which avoids the emission of more than 400,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and helps to achieve climate neutrality", explained Galán. These projects would contribute to the development of the entire value chain, creating almost 4,000 qualified jobs - 2,000 of them by 2023 - through 500 local suppliers. The plan will invigorate an industrial hub with high growth potential, such as the manufacturing of electrolyzers in Spain. It reduces energy dependence and consumption of fossil fuels while promoting economic and social development, particularly in regions that face economic challenges such as Castile-La Mancha and Andalusia. As well as contributing to the reactivation of industry and the economy, the innovative proposal also includes positioning Spain as a technological benchmark in the production and use of green hydrogen in Europe, especially in the field of electrolysis. The investment would contribute to advancing the technological maturity of green hydrogen and turning it into a solution for efficient decarbonization in the medium term, both for industries that use it as a raw material and for processes that are difficult to electrify, such as heavy transport. The project is the result of private and public collaboration, born with the same ambition that the Spanish Government has shown in its Green Hydrogen Roadmap. For the implementation of the last three phases, support from the European Recovery Fund would be required. "To get out of this crisis we need concrete initiatives, which allow us to advance in the much-needed green recovery", explained Galán. In this sense, the Chairman of Iberdrola has expressed his wish that "this project receives the necessary state and European support to get it up and running and, thus, position Spain and Europe at the vanguard of a new technology that is essential for decarbonization, leading the way to its full commercial competitiveness". THE LARGEST GREEN HYDROGEN COMPLEX FOR INDUSTRIAL USE IN EUROPE IS UNDERWAY In 2021, Europe's largest green hydrogen complex for industrial use will be operational in Puertollano, following investment of €150 million. The complex will comprise a 100-MW solar photovoltaic plant, a lithium-ion battery system with a storage capacity of 20 MWh and one of the largest systems for producing hydrogen by electrolysis (20 MW). Its development and construction will generate 700 jobs. Once operational, it will prevent the emission of 39,000 tCO2/year. Iberdrola is accelerating the construction of this innovation project and, in addition, has already submitted an application to the Innovation Fund for European aid. The green hydrogen produced will be used in the Fertiberia ammonia plant in Puertollano. The plant is already one of the most efficient in the European Union, with a production capacity of over 200,000 t/year. Fertiberia will adapt its plant to the use of green hydrogen for manufacturing green fertilizers, reducing the needs of natural gas in the plant by more than 10%. It will be the first European company in the sector to develop a large-scale experience in the generation of green ammonia. The plant is being built in a privileged location, an important industrial hub which includes the National Center of Hydrogen that advised both companies during the process. AMBITIOUS ELECTRIFICATION PLANS ARE TURNING EUROPE INTO A GLOBAL BENCHMARK Spain and the European Union are making progress in the electrification of their economies to achieve full decarbonization. The contribution of electricity to energy consumption today barely exceeds 20% of the total and should grow three-fold in just 30 years if climate objectives are to be met. In parallel, there are some energy uses that, for technological reasons, are difficult to electrify. This is the case of high temperature industrial processes and heavy transport. For those, the production of green hydrogen from electrolysis - using renewable energy - is a key factor in the path towards climate neutrality in 2050. Aware of this challenge, but also of this great opportunity, the European Union and the Government of Spain have launched strategies to promote green hydrogen. The EU aims to have 40 GW of green hydrogen electrolyzers in just ten years, while in Spain the goal is 4 GW of installed capacity. 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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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