The Astro Hire team is so excited and feels extremely fortunate to have been engaged by Goldward Excavations to supply more than 15 pieces of plant and equipment for Shell’s Gangarri Solar Farm project.
Due to the size of this project, we provided 11 excavators to help Goldward achieve an efficient result. We provided 5T, 14T and 25T excavators, posi tracks with augers, pallet forks and a range of other specialist attachments.
It’s an innovative project that’ll see the oil and gas company ideate and establish a solar farm. The farm is currently slated to generate enough electricity that it’ll provide power to 50,000 homes.
Shell is setting an example for oil and gas companies globally. They’re wanting to show their commitment to cleaner energy through this new investment.
The solar farm itself, Gangarri will be a 120-megawatt solar power project. It’s being established in inland Queensland and the 50,000 homes worth of power will come from a massive 330,000 photovoltaic panels.
The solar farm is based out in Woleebee, in the Western Downs Region of Queensland — on land owned by Shell’s QGC division.
Shell is estimating the Gangarri solar farm will reduce emissions by 300,000 tonnes a year.
So, it’s a massive project. Astro Hire has been involved to provide the equipment to support the installation and commissioning of the 330,000 solar panels.
These panels need the supporting infrastructure to ensure they can rotate from east to west to catch all the sun during the day.
The Gangarri Solar Farm is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
The farm has been named Gangarri by the Traditional Owners of the land, the Iman People.