Media Release

22 February 2017

Ratch promotes local participation in Mount Emerald Wind Farm.

Construction has commenced on the $360 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm with several businesses from the wider Cairns region already engaged to conduct preliminary works ahead of more expansive works after the wet season.

Cairns-based Koppens Developments constructed a concrete culvert to protect the irrigation channel before Christmas while Mareeba’s Gregg Construction has provided plant and equipment this month for the establishment of a laydown area at the entrance to the project.

In between times, Mbarbarram Aboriginal Corporation has also undertaken Cultural Heritage surveys and assisted 4 Elements Consulting with environmental surveys to ensure minimum disturbance of flora and fauna at the site.

Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Contractor, Vestas, assumed formal control of the site last week along with major subcontractors Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) and Civil & Allied Technical Construction (Catcon) but Ratch’s Executive General Manager Business Development, Anthony Yeates, confirmed its contractors shared the company’s “look local” commitment.

“Ratch is keen to ensure we source locally for the project where it is feasible, and we have found the best project outcomes are delivered when as many local people and businesses are involved as possible. This is particularly important on the Atherton Tablelands where an understanding of how to deal with local climate conditions is a huge asset,” Mr Yeates said.

“We are excited to have been able to get some of the preparatory works underway already and we look forward to breaking ground on major works in April,” Mr Yeates said.

Mr Yeates is calling on local companies to register their interest via a new dedicated Industry Capability Network (ICN) webpage ( https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3884/mount-emerald-wind-farm ), and to attend an ICN workshop at the Shangri-La Hotel on March 1 to maximise their opportunity to participate in the project. ICN is a federal government-funded local participation agency.

“We have been encouraging Vestas and Catcon to get this ICN Gateway webpage set up and I am pleased that it is now up and running. I’d encourage all local businesses to look at the webpage or attend the ICN workshop so that they can register their Expression of Interest, and be considered for participation on the Mount Emerald Wind Farm under this process,” Mr Yeates said.

Ratch Community Engagement Manager Kim Forde is also presenting at an ICN workshop at the Tolga Racecourse on March 13 to discuss available jobs on the project and how to get them.

Vestas, CPP and Catcon are using ICN’s Gateway to advertise a long list of work packages and supply opportunities including plant and equipment hire and servicing, concrete pumping, quarry product supply, cranage, hardware, accommodation, cleaning, fuel supply, liquid waste disposal, and potable water supply.

Power producer Ratch owns a number of wind farms around Australia including the Windy Hill wind farm near Ravenshoe not far from the Mount Emerald site, and has an interest in a number of renewable energy development opportunities.

 

For more information please contact:

Gareth Quinn, media relations manager, phone 0417 7111 108, gareth.quinn@ratchaustralia.com

Anthony Yeates, phone 02 8913 9407, email anthony.yeates@ratchaustralia.com

 

www.ratchaustralia.com

www.mtemeraldwindfarm.com.au

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