What needs to be done to get up and running on a new project

What needs to be done to get up and running on a new project

12 Oct 2017, 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM

Room 217, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

Chairperson: Jonathan Prendergast, Green Infrastructure Project Manager, UTS


Mott MacDonald’s experience with challenge and solutions during the project development stage

Iban Vendrell, Wind & Geothermal Power Account Leader & Project Director, Asia Pacific , Mott MacDonald


An owner’s approach to project development

Lily Habib, Executive Manager, New Business and Development, Pacific Hydro Australia


Project development experience from building and selling a Solar Farm - the Barcaldine project

Mick Coleman, Partner, Mills Oakley

Elecnor S.A. is a Spanish global renewables giant that has operated since the 1950s and is active in over 50 countries. In 2014-15, Elecnor brought their construction and commercial expertise to the geographic heart of Queensland, in a project to plan, finance, construct and ultimately on-sell the 25MW Barcaldine Solar Farm.

As their Australian lawyers, Elecnor appointed Mills Oakley, a national firm with strong projects and infrastructure practice. This presentation by Mills Oakley partner Mick Coleman will be a journey through the legal, contractual and project management work that Elecnor and Mills Oakley undertook in selling Barcaldine. As one of the first sales of a major renewable generation asset to an infrastructure fund, the project has attracted significant interest in legal and renewable circles. 

The purchaser is an Australian entity managed by a UK renewable specialist, and funded by a South Korean investment fund focused on energy and infrastructure. The presentation will be primarily a walk-through of the project's logistics and commercial arrangements, and will also offer an overarching theme around what is required for Australian project managers, business people and lawyers to deal with multi-jurisdictional stake-holders. 

The visual for the presentation will be two slides, which will be useful take-aways for the audience. The first will be a diagram of the key party relationships - Elecnor and its Australian subsidiary, the site owner, two financiers, EPC contractor, network distributor, trading agent and purchasers. The second will be a timeline of key milestones in the project's construction and sale.


Key clauses in project agreements (utility solar)

Ben Krasnostein, General Counsel, Impact Investment Group


  • Jonathan Prendergast


    Green Infrastructure Project Manager


  • Iban Vendrell


    Wind & Geothermal Power Account Leader & Project Director, Asia Pacific

    Mott MacDonald

    •A chartered energy engineer with more than 10 years of progressively experience in the renewable energy sector at the international level.  ...

  • Lily Habib


    Executive Manager, New Business and Development

    Pacific Hydro Australia

  • Mick Coleman



    Mills Oakley

    Mick Coleman is a partner at the Melbourne office of national law firm Mills Oakley.  Mick’s practice covers corporate and competition law generally,...

  • Ben Krasnostein


    General Counsel

    Impact Investment Group

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