Kier Graham, VolkerStevin and Morgan Sindall win $1bn UK nuclear submarine base contract
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Three contractors will carry out renovation and construction work at the Faslane and Coulport submarine bases on the Clyde in Scotland, UK.
A Kier Graham joint venture, VolkerStevin and Morgan Sindall have secured work worth approximately $1bn, part of the $1.75bn Clyde Commercial Framework project enacted by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).
The work ranges from building new accommodation blocks and training facilities to refurbishing technical, high-security nuclear infrastructure, and could last up to 10 years.
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Brian McQuade, Managing Director for Kier Construction, Scotland, commented: “We are thrilled to have been appointed to the DIO’s new Clyde Commercial Framework working in joint venture with Graham.
“Kier was one of the first companies to sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in 2013, putting it at the heart of its policy, and understanding the importance the construction industry plays in supporting the nation’s defence and security.”
Kier has previously worked on the naval base on the Clyde, working alongside the likes of Henry Brothers, Galliford Try, Interserve and Australia’s Lendlease.
Ian Arbuckle, DIO Assistant Head of Commercial Services, added: “We are incredibly pleased to launch our new framework for the Clyde. We have successfully selected three reputable industry partners who have demonstrated a commitment to delivering better value for defence.”
HMNB Clyde was established as a nuclear submarine base in 1964, having been originally constructed and used as a military base during the Second World War.
Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain
Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.
During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.
Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.
Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.
Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.
According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.
The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.