Chichester Solar Farm contract

Downer is one of the largest and most experienced providers of design, build and maintenance services to Australia’s renewable energy market. 

To date, we have delivered five solar and 14 wind farms that generate 2,350 MW of renewable energy, with a further 726 MW of solar and wind farms under construction. 

That figure is set to grow, after Downer was awarded contracts worth approximately $165 million by Alinta Energy to build its 60 MW Chichester Solar Farm and supporting power infrastructure in the Pilbara region in the north of Western Australia.

The contracts are part of the Chichester Solar Gas Hybrid project, which will see the construction of a new solar photovoltaic generation facility at Fortescue Metals Group’s Chichester Hub iron ore operations.

The project also includes approximately 60 kilometres of transmission line linking Fortescue’s Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mining operations with Alinta Energy’s Newman gas-fired power station and 35 MW battery facility. 

Work awarded includes the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Chichester Solar Farm, approximately 60 kilometres of transmission line, two new substations and the upgrade of another.

Downer CEO, Grant Fenn, says the award is another endorsement of Downer’s experience and leadership in delivering renewable energy projects. 

“We are looking forward to delivering the project in partnership with Alinta Energy and we are expecting an efficient integration of the solar farm and supporting power infrastructure into Alinta Energy’s existing network in the Pilbara,” Grant says. 

Alinta Energy Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Dimery, says: “Working together, we are on the cusp of demonstrating that renewables can drive Australia’s economic powerhouses forward – even for remote and complex industrial applications.”

This project demonstrates Downer’s contribution to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals: