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Portland Wind Energy Project Stage IV

1. General Project Details

Company name: Pacific Hydro Portland Wind Farm Pty Ltd

Description of the project: This project is for the construction of stage IV of the Portland Wind Energy Project (PWEP) and consists of 23 REpower 2.05 MW turbines producing 47 MW. At the time of developing this AIP Plan, Pacific Hydro (PH) have contracts in place with three major contractors.  GR Carrs (GR) is undertaking civil construction works, Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) is responsible for the design and construction of electrical works, and REpower SE is supplying and installing wind turbine generators. PH expects opportunities to arise through its major contractors for the supply of goods/services in fields that include, but are not limited to site facilities and services, earthworks, civil, electrical, transportation, and accommodation.  

Project location: Portland, Victoria

Link to project information: 

Project contact for procurement information (name, phone and email): Kenn Wood, Executive Manager for Delivery, 8621 6435 / 0408 908 244, 

2. Opportunities for Australian industry involvement

List of goods and services to be procured for the project and the expected opportunity for industry participation Australia
Civil design works Yes No
Construction of site facilities Yes No
Foundation construction Yes No
Earthworks Yes No
Road construction Yes No
Electrical design works Yes No
Supply of electrical equipment including for substation, transmission lines and wind farm reticulation Yes No
Construction and installation of substation, transmission lines and wind farm reticulation system Yes No
Geotechnical investigation and studies Yes No
Installation and final fit-out of the wind turbine generators Yes No
Wind turbine towers Yes No

Disclaimer: The information provided in the table above is based on an initial assessment by the company. Any questions or issues should be raised with the project contact.

3. Communication Strategy

  • Liaison with Industry Bodies (Major Contractors) – As part of its Australian Industry Participation (AIP) requirements, PH encourages its major contractors to engage with the Industry Capability Network (ICN) and industry associations (e.g. Australian Steel Institute, Australian Cablemakers Association and the Clean Energy Council) to communicate opportunities and identify potential suppliers. PH encourages its major contractors to place advertisements in industry newsletters detailing the Request for Tenders (RFT) or Registration of Interest (ROI) expected to arise for the project and to promote each individual contractor’s website to association members, encouraging potential project suppliers to register their details for upcoming project opportunities.
  • Liaison with Industry Bodies (PH) - PH actively networks with a wide variety of industry associations which includes, but is not limited to the Australian Industry Group, Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Energy Supply Association of Australia, the Clean Energy Council, Global Foundation, The Climate Institute, and Business for a Cleaner Economy. Due to the interrelated nature of the wind farm industry, this active networking is a very effective method of communicating project opportunities and obtaining information concerning capable suppliers. PH will also provide a list of goods and services required for this project to the ICN to facilitate the development of a list of potential suppliers and subcontractors.
  • The PH Website – The website actively communicates all PH projects under construction ( The PH website also provides contact details where interested suppliers can enquire about upcoming opportunities, including for this project.
  • Registering with Local Councils and Development Boards – PH advises potential suppliers to register with local councils and development boards, as major contractors for PH projects access this information to identify potential project suppliers. 

4. Opportunities through all tiers of supply and in all stages of the project

  • Australian and International Standards – Where Australian standards exist, they are incorporated into the project. Where no appropriate Australian Standard exists, PH has adopted appropriate International standards common to the Australian wind farm industry.
  • Project Specific Website – The PH website provides contact details for interested parties to provide details of the goods and services they are capable of supplying.
  • Supplier Assessment Process – The qualification (and pre-qualification) process requires potential suppliers to provide a capability statement that includes their track records of construction, health and safety, financial performance and references. Suppliers are also required to provide details on their Health Safety and Environment (HSE), quality assurance, project management capabilities, and to also complete a sustainability questionnaire.
  • AIP Obligations – Major project contractors are encouraged (and if appropriate, contractually obligated) to maximise Australian local content, including through any sub-contracting activities they undertake to supply to the project.
  • RFT/ROI Response Templates – PH expects its major contractors to structure tenders to ensure Australian industry is provided with equal opportunity to participate in the project. At all stages of the process, suppliers are treated equally with tender documents made available to potential suppliers at the same time. All requirements to supply information are detailed in the formal ROI or RFT.  PH expects its major contractors to develop templates that reduce the cost of responding through the provision of clear direction on the information required from respondents.  

5. Opportunities for longer-term participation

  • Introductions to other Entities – PH will provide local project suppliers, with proven skills and abilities, with introductions to other entities, particularly off-shore specialist companies entering the Australian wind farm industry.
  • Strategic partnerships – Where possible, PH will introduce local Australian suppliers to off-shore suppliers in order to help facilitate partnerships for the development of EPC project models.
  • Feedback – Suppliers who participate in the ROI or RFT processes are provided with transparency and feedback (within the limits of confidentiality). Where possible, the feedback will identify and indicate improvements, allowing suppliers to improve their future success rate.
  • Training and Development – PH is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and is committed to improving its own performance, and the performance of contractors and suppliers, in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption.
  • Referee – PH and its major contractors, can provide high performing suppliers with references. 

6. Procedures and Resources

  • The PH Project Manager has overall responsibility for AIP Plan implementation.
  • PH utilises a Project Management Plan (PMP) to record information, monitor progress and report (including inappropriate actions and corrective measures taken) on compliance with this AIP Plan.
  • PH will provide its major contractors with a copy of this AIP Plan to ensure their commitment, and to provide information on the intent of the AIP Plan for all contractors and their subcontractors.