Energy Queensland Limited (EQL) isolated networks strategy design and construction

Energy Queensland Limited (EQL) is embarking on an ambitious initiative to upgrade the energy landscape in Queensland by seeking proposals for the design and construction of four solar farms as part of the isolated networks strategy in November 2023. They are calling for organisations to register their interest with them now.

Background to isolated networks strategy

Ergon Energy’s network spans 33 stand-alone micro-grids throughout Queensland, known as isolated networks. These networks serve 39 communities, encompassing 8,300 connections and 21,000 customers.

There are 17 power stations across the Torres Strait Islands and 16 mainland remote community sites. The scale of these communities ranges from the largest site of Thursday Island with a peak load of 4.2MW to the smaller site of Stephen’s Island with an annual peak load of 86kW. These micro-grids supply 39 communities with approximately 8,300 connections and 21,000 customers.

Design and scope

As part of their commitment to the Isolated Networks Strategy 2030 and the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan (QEJP), EQL aims to decarbonise these networks, transitioning to renewable energy for electricity generation.

Phase 1 of this project includes the design and construction of four solar farms in Doomadgee, Windorah, Burketown, and Boulia. These projects will significantly enhance energy resilience, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and improve environmental outcomes for the communities involved.

Project details

The initial phase covers the solar farm design and construction up to, but excluding, the LV switchboard and battery energy storage system. Comprehensive technical specifications will be provided as part of the request for tender (RFT).

Key milestone

The practical completion date for each of these four solar farms is set for 30 June 2025. Ergon Energy will connect these facilities to the existing distribution network, taking ownership and responsibility for their ongoing operation and maintenance.

Collaborative approach

In our pursuit of a sustainable future, EQL are committed to building capability within their team. The contractor(s) engaged to design and construct these solar farms will be required to embed Ergon Energy resources in the project’s delivery, up-skilling and strengthening EQL’s capacity.

What is needed

All relevant documentation, including the proposed agreement, scope, and response schedules, will be accessible on SAP Ariba from mid-November 2023.

Organisations must register their interest by Wednesday 1 November 2023 with the contact officer.

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