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Northline lands global logistics contract

  • Posted on Tuesday 27th, November 2018.

Transport and logistics company, Northline, has been awarded an end-to-end logistics contract for one of Australia’s biggest solar farms.

The company has been appointed by the Decmil Group Limited, the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the $277 million 255MW Sunraysia Solar PV project.

The Sunraysia Solar Farm is owned and operated by both John Laing and Maoneng Australia and managed by Maoneng Australia.

Northline will provide an end-to-end solution incorporating international sea freight, customs clearance, wharf cartage, warehousing, inventory management, quality control and interstate linehaul. Freight will include photovoltaic panels, trackers and pile for the project.

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

The first containers are expected to arrive into Australia in January 2019 with all international procurement coming through Port Adelaide before being transported to a Northline operated project specific Distribution Centre and then onto site as required.

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 Chief Executive Officer, Craige Whitton, said the company is delighted to be partnering with Decmil Group on a project of such importance to Australia.

“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,” said Whitton.

“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.

“Customer service remains more important than ever and this has been extremely beneficial for Northline - a privately owned and operated company which retains a personalised customer service culture,” he said.

Maoneng Australia’s $277 million 255MW Sunraysia Solar Farm 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.

Decmil Managing Director and Group CEO, Scott Criddle, said reliable transport and logistics will be a key element in the delivery of this large scale solar project.

“We have engaged Northline as a supplier and welcome the depth of experience and the capabilities they can provide in international shipping and warehousing infrastructure,” he said.

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