Renewable Projects Update – April 2020

SA WATER PROJECT – Solar farms at the 4 pumping stations on the Morgan/Whyalla pipeline between Robertstown & Morgan.

The project commenced in July 2019 and the solar farms are now constructed. The contractors have used at least 12 different houses, hotels etc for accommodation & food & other services in the Robertstown & Eudunda areas.

Enerven, the principal electrical contractor, is now connecting up the solar farms to the pumping stations power transformers and this work is expected to take another 6 to 9 months. They will be requiring single person accommodation for approximately 20 workers in the Burra, Morgan & Eudunda areas.


ROBERTSTOWN POWER SUBSTATION – Upgrade & expansion of the power substation in readiness for the connection of the other renewables projects to the substation in due course.

The project commenced in March 2020 & is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Enerven, the principal electrical contractor, will have up to 50 workers on the project, again requiring single person accommodation in the Burra, Morgan, Clare & Eudunda areas. Catcon, who are the civil contractors, will require accommodation for up to 30 workers generally in shared housing available in the Robertstown, Ngapala, Tarnma & Eudunda areas.


SOLAR RIVER PROJECT – Near Florieton between Burra & Morgan.

This project is now only likely to commence in the second half of the year as they have just applied for an amended Development Application for the construction of new switchyard, which requires a further community consultation.

Downers are appointed as the Project Manager & the project is estimated to require 250 workers over the construction period of 2 years.


ROBERTSTOWN SOLAR – Near Robertstown power substation, just north east of Robertstown.

As at January 2020, the project owners had not appointed a Project Manager & were not able to give a planned commencement date. 275 workers are expected to be employed over the 2 year life of the project.


GOYDER RENEWABLES PROJECT – NEOEN – south of Burra & north of Robertstown near World’s End & Bright.

This project is still expected to commence in late 2021 & will require up to 300 workers for up to 4 years project life. A community email was set out to the email subscribers on 31 March 2020 giving a summary of the progress of the project.


ROBERTSTOWN INTERCONNECTOR PROJECT – At Robertstown power sub station and along the power line to Wagga Wagga in NSW.

Commencement is expected in the middle of 2021 & will take 18 months to complete Stage 1 to the Riverland.


RES – TWIN CREEK WIND PROJECT – construction of up to 51 wind turbines between Eudunda & Kapunda.

Approximately 150 workers are expected during construction which is scheduled to commence in 12 months’ time.



Goyder Council councillors & staff, the Eudunda Community Business & Tourism Committee (ECBAT) & the Robertstown & District Community Management Committee are ensuring that the maximum possible impact & interaction is gained from these projects in the local communities from Burra to Eudunda by connecting the contractors of each project to the local labour force, accommodation & food providers & other businesses. This is being done as a community service project with Mel Zerner, a former local Eudunda resident, who is voluntarily assisting Goyder Council and the other community groups in this initiative.

Regular updates will be provided through this newsletter.

If you have any questions on the status of any of the above projects or their local requirements, please contact Mel on Mobile 0418852353
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