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07-02-2018 - GE - Press Release - Coopers Gap Sod Turning

Coopers Gap Wind Farm Celebrates the Commencement of Construction

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA // February 7, 2018 – GE (NYSE:GE) today celebrated the commencement of construction of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm with a sod turning ceremony attended by Hon Dr Anthony Lynham, MP, Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Steven Oswald, Australian Country Executive for Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy, said: “This is an exciting day for the project and indeed in Australia’s ongoing transition to a cleaner, more modern energy system. It is tremendously encouraging to see this project progress, particularly at a time when we are discussing our energy future as a nation.

“I’d like to congratulate the Powering Australian Renewables Fund on their achievements to date, and look forward to seeing our 123 GE turbines start to generate renewable electricity for the people of Queensland,” he said.

GE announced in August an agreement with the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) to supply and install 123 wind turbines for the Coopers Gap Wind Farm project at Cooranga North, 250 kilometres north-west of Brisbane. PARF is a partnership between AGL Energy Limited (AGL) (20 percent) and Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) (80 percent, on behalf of clients the Future Fund and the QIC Global Infrastructure Fund).

Upon completion in 2019, the 453 MW wind farm will produce approximately 1,510,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually – enough to power the equivalent of more than 260,000 average Australian homes and reduce CO2 emissions by 1,180,000 tonnes each year.

The project is expected to create up to 200 jobs during the peak of construction, and an additional 20 ongoing operational jobs. The construction firm CATCON will be responsible for the wind farm’s construction.

Steve Moreau, CEO at CATCON, said: “We are pleased to be celebrating this major milestone today and acknowledge the first sod turning marks the commencement of major construction activities for CATCON on this significant Renewable Energy project. 

“Our team have worked tirelessly over the last six months in the planning and preparation for the major works to commence as scheduled, and we look forward to working with the local community and our consortium partner GE to collectively deliver a first-rate renewable energy project for our client, AGL,” he said.

Coopers Gap Wind Farm is a significant project for GE. It will be the largest wind farm in the country on completion, and GE’s first wind project in Queensland. It is the second major renewables project that GE and AGL have announced in the last year, following the Silverton Wind Farm in western New South Wales.

GE will deliver 91 of its 3.6 MW turbines with 137m rotors, and 32 of its 3.8 MW turbines with 130m rotors. GE will also undertake a 25-year full service agreement to maintain the windfarm over its lifetime. 

About GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world’s first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.

Follow us @GERenewables and www.gerenewableenergy.com.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Power
GE Corporate Communications, Australia & New Zealand
[email protected]
+61 481 901 796

07-02-2018 - AGL - Press Release - Australia's largest wind farm project set to begin construction

Australia’s largest wind farm project set to begin construction

7 February 2018

Australia’s largest wind farm is set to begin construction after Queensland Energy Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, officially turned the first sod on the Powering Australian Renewables Fund’s (PARF) $850 million Coopers Gap Wind Farm project today.

AGL’s General Manager Power Development, Dave Johnson, said up to 200 jobs would be created during the peak of construction of the project, which was developed by AGL and achieved a final investment decision in August 2017.

“It is great Minister Lynham is on hand today in the heart of the Coopers Gap community, to celebrate the benefits of this momentous project,” Mr Johnson said.

“AGL, together with PARF, is excited about the works and we will be working closely with the GE – Catcon consortium to ensure a successful project outcome for all stakeholders.

“The wind farm will employ up to 20 people once operational which means it will continue to deliver ongoing employment benefits in the local community after the construction phase.

“The gathering today for the sod turn is an important milestone after an extensive period of planning and development.”

The 453 megawatt (MW) Coopers Gap Wind Farm, which is located approximately 250 km west of Brisbane, will produce approximately 1,510,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. This is sufficient to power more than 260,000 average Australian homes when fully operational in mid-2019.

The renewable energy produced from the wind farm’s 123 turbines will also reduce CO2 emissions by 1,180,000 tonnes annually, the equivalent of taking 340,000 cars off the road.

PARF is aiming to develop approximately 1,000 MW of large-scale renewable energy projects to be operated and managed by AGL. It is a partnership between AGL (20 percent) and QIC (80 percent, on behalf of clients the Future Fund and the QIC Global Infrastructure Fund).

PARF’s scope represents 20 percent of the estimated 5,000 MW of new renewable generation capacity required by 2020 to meet the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target.

Media enquiries

Clare Wilkes

M: +61 435 918 441

About AGL

AGL is committed to helping shape a sustainable energy future for Australia. We operate the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio, we’re its largest ASX-listed investor in renewable energy, and we have more than 3.5 million customer accounts. Proudly Australian, with more than 180 years of experience, we have a responsibility to provide sustainable, secure and affordable energy for our customers. Our aim is to prosper in a carbon-constrained world and build customer advocacy as our industry transforms. That’s why we have committed to exiting our coal-fired generation by 2050 and why we will continue to develop innovative solutions for our customers.

12-12-2017 - Bodangora WF in the News

Bodangora WF was recently featured in a news story on Prime7 News Central West (NSW). The story featured a progress report on CATCON's work at Bodangora as well as a focus on job creation and other benefits for the region:


12-12-2017 - Silverton Wind Farm in the News

With the first WTG blades arriving at Port Adelaide recently, the Silverton WF Project has appeared frequently in the news:

ABC News covered the arrival and transport of "Australia's biggest wind turbine blades" to site:
The largest wind turbine blades ever transported in Australia have been delivered to the site of a planned wind farm in far west New South Wales.

Two of the 65-metre blades were towed from Port Adelaide in South Australia to Silverton, near Broken Hill, over the course of about 12 hours on Wednesday.



Channel 7 News Adelaide also ran a story of the blade delivery and transportation, you can watch the full video here.


Broken Hill's local paper the "Barrier Daily Truth" also ran a story relating to Silverton, once again covering the blade deliveries.


Finally some impressive early footage from Floodlight Media who will be covering the the Silverton and Bodangora WF projects for CATCON can be found here:

29-09-2017 - CATCON in SA’s Top 100 companies 2017

Position #35
Civil & Allied Technical Construction Pty Ltd
Sector: Building and construction
Last Year’s Ranking: 54

CATCON is a well-established, resource based company which delivers and manages power, mining, water and general infrastructure projects for national and international clients.


20-04-2017 - Infigen to proceed to construction of Bodangora wind farm

Infigen Energy (ASX: IFN) today announced that it would proceed to construction of the 113.2 MW Bodangora wind farm near Wellington in New South Wales, having achieved financial close.

Bodangora wind farm will be built by a consortium comprising General Electric (GE) and civil-engineering construction company Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON) under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.

Infigen Energy’s Managing Director Ross Rolfe said, “We have been delighted to work with our partners in bringing this project to fruition. Critical to our success has been the role played by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and NORD/LB, in providing Infigen with $163 million debt facilities.”

Revenues will be supported by a power purchase agreement (PPA) with EnergyAustralia for 60% of the annual output produced over the period to December 2030. The balance of output will be available for Infigen to contract to commercial and industrial customers, or to sell on the spot or wholesale market. The project is targeted to be fully operational in the second half of 2018.

The project will create a substantial number of jobs and stimulate significant economic activity in the local region. The project will provide approximately 120 direct jobs during construction and seven full-time jobs during its operating life. Infigen looks forward to continuing to build strong links with the local community through these activities.

“The Bodangora project is set to deliver a substantial increase in clean energy in regional New South Wales, and is well positioned to capitalise on the state’s natural strengths in renewable energy. We have been pleased to work with Infigen and NORB/LB to accelerate the development and delivery of this important project,” said Andrew Gardner, CEFC Wind sector lead.

“Together with CEFC, we are proud to have been able to support Infigen and GE with their Bodangora wind farm by providing a long-term financing package, tailored to the project’s partially-contracted revenue structure. NORD/LB is committed to developing its presence in the Australian energy market with renewable energy generation being at the core of our strategy,” said Olaf-Alexander Wiedemann, CEO, NORD/LB Asia-Pacific.

Geoff Culbert, President & CEO, GE Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea, said, “We are pleased to bring energy experience and expertise to the Bodangora wind farm. The 33 GE 3.43 wind turbines to be installed are part of our newest, most powerful and scalable platform. Through our service and maintenance agreement, we also look forward to adding maximum value to the project for years to come.”

Infigen owns 100% of the project, having acquired the 50% interest in the project that it did not own prior to financial close. As owner of 100% of the project, Infigen will provide 100% of the equity funding for construction and will operate the wind farm.

Key project statistics

Includes ~$0.8 million of restricted cash that is expected to be released in the coming week

31-01-2017 - Silverton Wind Farm - Meet the Constructor - Information Sheet

Download the Meet the Constructor Information Sheet for local businesses, suppliers and potential employees.

27-01-2017 - Silverton’s new treasure: wind energy

"A high-energy blockbuster is about to start production just outside Silverton, the historic silver-mining town and famed film location near Broken Hill, NSW. Movies shot in the quintessential Australian outback setting include Mad Max and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The town will soon be abuzz again, as hundreds of workers arrive to harvest a fortune that’s way more certain than either silver mining or movie making: wind energy."

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25-01-2017 - Silverton Wind Farm - Meet the Constructor

Meet the Constructor Silverton Wind Farm Project

Date:                          Tuesday, 31 January, 2017

The ‘Meet the Constructor – Silverton Wind Farm Project’ is the first event to be held in the region during 2017.

The event brings together local businesses, job seekers and senior project representatives from AGL Energy (AGL), GE and CATCON to learn about the opportunities on the Silverton Wind Farm following the recent achievement of financial close. This will provide an opportunity for businesses and job seekers to meet key project personnel with responsibility for the design of the wind farm, sourcing business solutions, purchasing goods and services.

This Meet the Constructor event will focus on a range of materials, goods and services that will need to be procured during the construction phase of the Silverton Wind Farm Project.

GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company and Australian civil engineering construction company, CATCON, have been awarded the contract to develop and build the $450 million Silverton Wind Farm, in what will be the sixth largest wind farm in Australia.  GE and CATCON are strongly committed to working with Australian and local businesses and organisations to deliver local employment and supply chain opportunities.  Senior representatives from AGL, GE and CATCON bring this event to the local Silverton and Broken Hill communities, so come along and meet with representatives to investigate how you or your business can be part of the Silverton Wind Farm Project.

Session 1 – SILVERTON

Session 2 – BROKEN HILL

Time:  1.00pm to 3.00pm

Time:  6.00pm to 8.00pm

Location:  The Silverton Youth Hall

Location:  Broken Hill Centre for Community

1.00pm – 1.15pm   Registrations open

1.15pm – 1.30pm   Presentations from AGL, GE and CATCON

1.30pm – 3.00pm   Meetings with Representatives from GE and CATCON.

6.00pm – 6.15pm   Registrations open

6.15pm – 6.30pm   Presentations from AGL, GE and CATCON

6.30pm – 8.00pm   Meetings with Representatives from GE and CATCON

 (*subject to change) Refreshments will be available throughout the event.


Paul Busolin
Susan Green

Civil & Allied Technical Construction Pty Ltd (T/A CATCON)
T. 08 8347 1888
E. [email protected]

Joanne Woo
GE Australia and New Zealand
E. [email protected]

Karyn Looby
AGL Energy (AGL)
e. [email protected]




AGL, GE and CATCON power ahead with Silverton Wind Farm Project

CATCON are pleased to announce today that CATCON have been selected by AGL in partnership with GE to construct the $450 million Silverton Wind Farm.

The Silverton Wind Farm is the first greenfield project under the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), a partnership between AGL, QIC and Future Fund for the development 1,000MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.

The 58 GE 3.4MW wind turbines will be the largest in Australia, with rotors spanning 130-metres.  Once operational the wind farm will generate approximately 780,000 MWh of energy annually, enough to power more than 136,000 average Australian homes. *

GE and CATCON have been named as the successful tenderer for the engineering procurement contract at Silverton, forming a Consortium, to develop the Wind Farm, which is targeted to be fully operational by the middle of 2018.

GE and CATCON, will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Silverton Wind Farm Project, which includes the supply, transportation, erection, fit-out and commissioning of 58 No. wind generation turbines, together with the design and construction of the WTG foundations, internal road and hardstand network, electrical reticulation system, external road upgrades and the construction of an Operations and Maintenance Facility.

CATCON CEO, Steve Moreau, said “we congratulate AGL and the PARF partnership on achieving financial close for this significant Renewable Energy Project and together with our joint venture partner, GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company, look forward to collaborating with AGL and the local community at Silverton to successfully construct this National Scale Wind Farm Project”.

A Meet the Buyer event will be held at the Silverton Youth Hall on Tuesday, 31 January, 2017.  The event brings together local businesses, job seekers and senior project and communications managers from AGL, GE and CATCON and creates an opportunity for businesses and job seekers to meet key company and project staff with responsibility for the design of projects, sourcing business solutions, purchasing goods and services.


CATCON is a leading, privately owned Australian Civil Construction Company, focussed on providing construction services to the Power Industry, including the Renewable Energy sector (Wind and Solar PV). CATCON is a dynamic and progressive Australian Industry Sector leader in providing construction solutions to the Renewable Energy industry, with an excellent track record and impressive portfolio of completed national scale renewable energy projects. CATCON draws upon this extensive experience for the Silverton Wind Farm project and are pleased to be a major partner for the first greenfield development under the Powering Australia Renewables Fund on behalf of AGL.

About AGL

AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.gereports.com.au


Further information

Contact: Susan Green
E. [email protected]
T. +61 8 8347 1888

*Source – ASX & Media Release – AGL – dated 19 January, 2017 Powering Australian Renewables Fund achieves financial close of Silverton Wind Farm
* Other – News Release – GE – AGL, GE and CATCON join forces to build $450 million Silverton Wind Farm located in western NSW

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20-12-2016 - Barcaldine Solar Farm Completed 1 Month Ahead of Schedule - The Guardian

"Queensland’s largest operating solar farm has plugged into the national electricity grid and is set to generate enough power for almost 10,000 households by the end of 2016.

The Barcaldine remote community solar farm, in the state’s central west outback, connected to the national electricity market on Wednesday, more than a month ahead of schedule."

Read more:


16-12-2016 - Barcaldine Solar Farm Featured in Energy Source & Distribution

The Barcaldine Solar Farm Project has been featured in Energy Source & Distribution:

"With the potential to produce enough renewable energy to power around 9800 households, the Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm is expected to reach full generation by the end of the year."

"...more than 78,000 single axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have been installed at the plant, which will have a capacity of 20 MW AC (25 MW DC) when fully operational."

Read more:



02-08-2016 - [Article] Hornsdale Wind Farm Joins the Grid

The latest stage of the Hornsdale Wind Farm has been featured in the latest "Engergy" Magazine.

"In late June, the second 100MW stage of the 105-turbine Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia, reached financial close, nearly four years after the project was first approved for construction."

"Ultimately, the project will pump around 1,050,000MW hours of clean, renewable electricity into the National Electricity Transmission Grid each year - enough to power around 180,000 homes."

Read the full article here.

21-06-2016 - Project Award – Barcaldine Solar Farm

We are delighted to announce that CATCON have been the successful tenderer for the Barcaldine Solar Farm project.

The Barcaldine Solar Farm is a proposed 25 megawatt photovoltaic solar project located approximately five kilometres east of the central western Queensland township of Barcaldine.

The project has been planned and developed by the Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm Pty Ltd (BRCSF), a company owned by Elecnor Australia Pty Ltd. Elecnor Australia is a subsidiary of Elecnor SA, one of the world’s leading solar energy EPC companies.

CATCON will be contracted by Greenlight for the Civil Works Package and Panel Installation.

The project is due to commence early works 4 July, 2016.

This is great news for CATCON, it further strengthens our position in the solar project and renewable energy sector.

21-06-2016 - Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage 3 – Civil Works Awarded to CATCON

CATCON are delighted to announce that we have been successful again in our tender to undertake the Civil Works for the Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage (3).

Hornsdale Wind Farm is a project consisting of up to 105 wind turbines located between 8km and 24km north of Jamestown in South Australia, in the locality of Hornsdale.

CATCON commenced early works in late May 2016.

Please see the Hornsdale Wind Farm website for regular project updates and milestones reached for this renewable energy project.  http://hornsdalewindfarm.com.au/

For further information or comment about CATCON’s works for this project contact:

Communications Manager
(08) 8347 1888
[email protected]

NOTE: Stage 2 Civil Works Package completed by CATCON – 2015 to 2016.

01-02-2016 - Tonsley Project wins Global recognition - another CATCON Project


Global recognition for Tonsley

Thursday, 28 January 2016

South Australia’s ground-breaking Tonsley innovation district has received further international acclaim, winning the 2015 World Architecture News Award for Adaptive Reuse.

Judges selected Tonsley from more than 60 projects entered from around the world, with the innovative redevelopment the only Australian project to feature in the final six.

The 61-hectare site is Australia’s first innovation district bringing together leading-edge institutions and companies to connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators in a high-value industry, research, education and residential precinct.

Designed by Woods Bagot and Tridente Architects, the focus has been on creating Tonsley as an interconnected and intelligent mixed use precinct.

Woods Bagot Director Thomas Masullo said they were delighted by the global recognition.

“The Tonsley redevelopment represents another South Australian project that is world class in its ambitions, setting a new benchmark for sustainable urban regeneration projects,” he said.

“Tonsley has created an environment that fosters innovation co-located with industry, universities, TAFE and SME’s – it is a symbol of the knowledge economy.”

Tonsley’s key target sectors reflect the State’s areas of competitive advantage - mining and energy services; health; medical devices and assistive technologies; clean technologies and renewable energy; and software and simulation. 

The site is projected to provide 6,300 jobs during the life of the project and annually accommodate 8,500 students. The $253 million investment on site will leverage over $1 billion in private sector investment.

This award follows on from Tonsley’s Six-Star Green Star - Communities accreditation, Australia’s only urban renewal development to achieve this level of certification.”

The project is being delivered jointly by the Department of State Development and Renewal SA.

Image Caption: The Tonsley Redevelopment has won the World Architecture News Award for Adaptive Reuse

31-07-2015 - Project Update: Moree Solar Farm

CATCON were contracted in late 2014 to construct the Moree Solar Farm by The EPC Contractor for the project, Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd, a wholly owned local subsidiary of Elecnor, a major international engineering firm.

The Moree Solar Farm is located 10km south of Moree, in northern NSW, and once completed it will have a capacity of 56MWac (70MWp) and will generate enough electricity to supply around 15,000 homes.

CATCON commenced early works in February 2015 with a substantial portion of the contracted works already completed by end July, 2015.  The following provides installation works completed to date:


Totals to be installed

Installed to Date

Upgraded external Road Works



Internal Access Roads across the farm



Mechanical Assembly (Tracker Rows)



Solar Panel Modules





20,013 - ARRAY




The aerial photos included provide an ideal platform to see the scale of the project, the terrain and works completed to date.

CATCON’s contracted works are due for completion end of October, 2015.

The overall Project is due for completion by early 2016, with an operating life of around 30 years. The estimated annual greenhouse gas emissions reduced by the project are 95,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Author contact details: Susan Green

12-06-2014 - Snowtown Wind Farm Near Completion and Enjoying Strong Local Community Support

The ABC recently featured an article on the Snowtown Wind Farm project and how it enjoys strong local community support. CATCON was a key component in this project and also supported the local community by assisting with the construction of the Snowtown Skate Park for local kids.

See the full article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-10/snowtown-wind-farm-locals-support/5511396

14-04-2014 - Royalla Solar Farm

The Royalla Solar Farm project is nearing completion. A remote control drone recently captured an aerial view of the site beautifully showing the near complete project.



Royalla Solar Farm Flyover from RCMedia on Vimeo.

17-02-2014 - Royalla Solar Farm - Major Milestone

Royalla Solar Farm - Major Milestone reached today

Congratulations to the Project and Piling teams for the completion of piling today.  It is a major milestone for the project as announced by David Baker, Construction Manager today.

There are 16650 piles, drilled to 150mm diameter and depth of 1600mm to 1900 mm. Steel “ C” section have been placed into the hole and alignment done prior to pour concrete. Pull out tests were conducted successfully yesterday on 6 sacrificial piles and the Client (ACCIONA) and Consulting Engineer’s (AECOM) representatives witnessed the tests.

Assembly and installation of structures and installation of PV modules (solar panels) is in progress.

There are total 81600 solar panels to be installed on the Project and 45% of the panels have been installed as of today (12/2/14) remaining to be completed by mid of March, 2014.


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