Macarthur Wind Farm

Macarthur Wind Farm

Client: AGL (Development Phase)
Scope of Services: Provision of contract management services
Client: Vestas & Leighton consortium (Delivery Phase)
Scope of Services: Provision of development phase project management services
Project Value: $1billion


Project Overview

In July/August 2010 Vestas Australian Wind Technology and Leighton Contractors were jointly engaged by AGL and Meridian Energy (Meridian) Joint Venture to construct the $1 billion Macarthur Wind Farm in the Western District of Victoria. Vestas and Leighton formed a Consortium to construct the project. The project was successfully completed ahead of the schedule on or about 31 January 2013.

Hinds Blunden’s Role

Hinds Blunden was initially engaged by the AGL to provide Project Management Services for the development phase of the project which involved strategic advice and direction to AGL and the provision of assistance to the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractor, Owner’s Engineer as well as other contractors and stakeholders. The services provided by Hinds Blunden included the following tasks;

  • Establishing pre-construction processes,
  • Development of EPC contracts,
  • Preparation of business case,
  • Tender preparation and packaging for construction phase project management,
  • Establishing project controls and reporting procedures,
  • Development of overall tender project programmes,
  • Project cost estimating and feasibility assessment,
  • Risk assessment, and
  • Cost and programme risk review for development and construction phase of the project.

During the construction period, Hinds Blunden was engaged by the Consortium as the Consortium Contracts Manager reporting directly to the Project Director and the Consortium Board. The services provided by the Contracts Manager included the following tasks;

  • Assess the contracts for commercial risk and advise the Project Director and Board,
  • Advice on project teams and organisation structure,
  • Review the current control measures included in the Contract between the Consortium and the Joint Venture and align with that of the project control measures,
  • Review the current control measures included in the Consortium Deed and align with that of the project control measures,
  • Review Project Execution Plans, Project Management Plans and Construction Management Guides and advise the Project Director and Board,
  • Prepare contract management documentations including flowcharts and typical letters,
  • Coordinate the project team and take steps to minimise the risks and disputes,
  • Provide Contract Management and Administration services including progress control, variation assessments, claim notifications and review and documentation,
  • Review reports on project progress and financials including earned value analysis,
  • Assist and advise the Project Director in assessing the delay and variation claims from sub-contractors,
  • Assist and advise the Project Director in preparing the delay and variation claims submissions to the Joint Venture,
  • Provide advice to the Project Director and Consortium Board and participate in commercial negotiations between the Consortium and the Joint Venture, and
  • Review intra claims between the Consortium parties and provide advice to the Consortium Board in commercial negotiations between the Consortium parties.