Moorabool North Wind Farm set to progress towards construction
24 April 2018
Goldwind Australia today announced it has made another step forward towards construction of the 150 megawatt (MW) Moorabool North Wind Farm (The Project), located in Victoria. Moorabool North Wind Farm project is the northern section of the 321 MW Moorabool Wind Farm.
The project will comprise of up to 50 Goldwind advanced technology turbines. Goldwind Australia will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to the project and the Warranty, Operations and Maintenance services once the project is operational.
Goldwind Australia has appointed Zenviron as the Balance of Plant contractor.
“Preliminary work, including work on the transmission line and widening and upgrading several intersections close to the wind farm area will start shortly.” said John Titchen, Goldwind Australia Managing Director.
John outlined the almost AUD370 million project will provide significant benefits for the local area.
“Last year, Goldwind launched the Local Business Participation Program for the project. This program is a key initiative to identify capability and capacity in the local community and maximise opportunities for local subcontractors and suppliers to participate in the project.” said John.
“The project is expected to create up to 150 jobs during construction peaks on site and employ up to 10 permanent maintenance staff when fully operational.” Said John.
Helen Kennedy, Goldwind Community Engagement Officer for the project said engaging with the local community has been a key focus over the last 12 months.
“Goldwind Australia is committed to proactive information sharing and long-term involvement in the Moorabool Shire community. We are actively working to ensure that the benefits of the wind farm are shared throughout the community.” Said Helen.
Helen outlined the project’s sponsorship fund as an example of benefit sharing with the local community.
“The fund has already provided over $100,000 across a number of different local community groups. Recipients have included the Ballan Autumn Festival, local business awards, local sporting teams, school garden projects, historical heritage projects, and local hall renovations within the local area” said Helen.
Once operational the wind farm will power approximately 200,000 average Victorian homes each year The wind farm will contribute to Victoria’s transition to a modern and renewable energy future, as well as deliver significant local benefits to business and the community.