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Aurecon client wins preferred bidder status in RSA renewable energy procurement programme

Site of Cookhouse Wind Farm

Site of Cookhouse Wind Farm project

21 December 2011 - Aurecon client, African Clean Energy Developments (ACED), has been selected by the South Africa Department of Energy as a Preferred Bidder under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.

The ACED-developed 138.6MW Cookhouse Wind Farm, which will be the largest in Africa once complete, was awarded preferred bidder status by the Department of Energy following a competitive tender process based on strict qualification criteria including technical criteria, economic empowerment and price. The project received the largest wind allocation.

The Cookhouse Wind Farm project is a great example of where Aurecon was able to assist our client to maintain their market leading position. This was achieved through the provision of first class service by combining our international renewable energy capability with our local presence and relationships.

Thomas Donnelly, Managing Director of African Clean Energy Developments, said: "Aurecon has played a key role in the Cookhouse project and made a significant contribution to our successful bid. Their flexible approach and reliability throughout the RFP bid process and over the past few years leading up to the Government's Renewable Energy Procurement Process enabled us to be on top of all technical issues on the project and meant that we were able to submit a high quality and compliant bid to the Department of Energy."

Aurecon has acted as Owner’s engineer on the Cookhouse Wind Farm project since early 2009, providing a wide range of technical advisory services to help progress the project through feasibility and financing phases. The first stage of the project was bid into Round 1 of the South African Government’s renewable energy procurement process.

Aurecon’s work on the project has centered on wind resource assessment, layout design and energy yield prediction as the key elements of the site design. It has also included preliminary design of other infrastructure such as roading and electrical works, and support during negotiation of the EPC Contact with Suzlon to construct the wind farm.

The Aurecon team also assisted ACED in engaging with South African electricity public utility Eskom to progress grid connection arrangements for the project, providing technical details to complete site approvals, supporting the debt and equity financing process and preparing material for bid submission in early November 2011 to the Department of Energy.

The project is widely recognised as the leading wind farm project in South Africa and will look to deliver a world class renewable energy asset that will help satisfy South Africa’s increasing demand for power through the supply of clean energy.

Blair Walter, New Zealand based global Renewable Energy Leader for Aurecon, said, “We are very proud of the work we are doing with our clients on projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide community access to renewable energy. We have particularly enjoyed working with ACED and supporting such an exciting project in the emerging renewables market in South Africa”.

Aurecon’s renewables track record

Aurecon’s renewables expertise has and continues to support many iconic renewable energy projects across Australasia and Africa.

Two further leading wind farm projects we are supporting are Castle Hill, the largest proposed wind farm in New Zealand and the AUD750 million Collgar project in Western Australia, which will displace approximately 700 000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

In the solar sphere Aurecon’s expertise shines equally brightly. Aurecon teams played an integral part in the design of Australia’s biggest flat-panel photovoltaic solar power system at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus. Aurecon is currently acting as Owner’s Engineer to CS Energy for construction of one of the world’s largest solar projects – the AUD104.7 million Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project near Chinchilla, Queensland.

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