Northline seals international T&L deal for solar farm

Australian firm to have end-to-end coverage for cargo from China and US

Northline seals international T&L deal for solar farm
Craige Whitton


Northline has burnished its international credentials through a solar farm end-to-end logistics contract with Decmil Group.

Decmil, is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Maoneng Australia’s $277 million 255mW Sunraysia Solar PV project.

Northline says it will provide transport and logistics services including international sea freight, customs clearance, wharf cartage, warehousing, inventory management, quality control and interstate linehaul.

Cargo will include photovoltaic panels, trackers and pile for the project.

The contract is a significant endorsement for Northline which has invested heavily in its global network and integration into its national distribution and transport network," Northline adds.

It expects to transport more than 2,000 containers over 26 weeks from China and the US to site near Balranald in New South Wales.

The first containers are to arrive in Australia in January, with all international procurement coming through Port Adelaide before being transported to a Northline-operated project-specific distribution centre and then on to site as required.

Read how Northline pitched its new international services message, here

"The contract will see the integration of all our core services and draw upon our longstanding expertise in managing logistics for large scale infrastructure projects," Northline CEO Craige Whitton says.

"Ongoing investment in our international capabilities, transport network and domestic warehousing infrastructure has enabled us to secure contracts like Decmil Group.

"Northline is set to be represented in more than 100 countries by the end of the year, having already established a presence in key markets like China and the USA.

"We now also boast one of Australia’s most modern national distribution centre networks with more than $90 million invested over the past four years to establish a state-of-the-art domestic multi-modal transport and national warehousing network."

According to those involved, Maoneng Australia’s project is set to become one of Australia’s biggest utility scale solar PV projects and is underpinned by power purchase agreements with the University of New South Wales and AGL Energy.

The news comes soon after Northline opens its Mackay distribution centre in Queensland.

"Located in Paget, the heart of Mackay’s main industrial precinct, the Centre is just off the Bruce Highway and only three kilometres from the Mackay Airport," it says of the facility.

"The Centre incorporates high clearance, freestanding warehousing and office space on a 4,625 square metre site.

"It also features dual driveway access and an extensive concrete hardstand to support increased efficiency."


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