Genex Power (Genex) has selected CIMIC Group wholly-owned subsidiary UGL as preferred engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to deliver 270MW Kidston Stage 2 Solar project in North Queensland.

The Kidston Stage 2 Solar project is part of the overall Kidston project on the site of the Kidston Gold Mine, located approximately 270km north-west of Townsville in Northern Queensland, Australia.

The Kidston project, which is being developed in phases, also includes a co-located 250MW hydro pumped storage project, which is currently under construction.

The first phase of the project with installed capacity of 50MW has already been commissioned.

Meanwhile, an exclusive early contractor involvement (ECI) agreement has been signed by UGL and Genex to jointly work to accelerate project development, complete final design optimization and reduce cost through value engineering and risk workshops.

UGL was also the EPC, and operation and maintenance (O&M) services contractor for the first phase of the Kidston project.

Genex managing director Michael Addison said: "UGL has been selected as preferred EPC contractor for K2-Solar based on its strong delivery performance for KS1, which commenced generation on schedule and within budget earlier this month.

UGL managing director Jason Spears said: “Partnering with Genex to deliver the first Kidston solar project demonstrates UGL’s in-house engineering capability, innovative construction techniques, and ability to provide a fully wrapped EPC solution – all of which we will apply to the Kidston stage two solar project.”

UGL currently has five solar projects under construction that include Emu Downs in Western Australia, Kidston Stage One and Collinsville in Queensland, White Rock in New South Wales and Bannerton in Victoria.