Gullen Range Wind Farm Starts Producing Renewable Energy
Gullen Range Wind Farm
17 December 2013
The milestone was celebrated on-site with representatives from Goldwind, contractors, local authorities and landowners:
- The project is connected to the Transgrid 330kV transmission network. The connection was
energised ahead of schedule in October 2013
- Renewable energy production is contracted under a Power Purchase Agreement with Energy
- CATCON and Consolidated Power Projects are providing civil and electrical infrastructure for the
project and Deugro are managing the logistics of delivering equipment to site; and
- Several local contractors have made significant contributions to the project including Divalls, APE
and Tutt Bryant Hire.
At the peak 115 people worked at the project site with 70% of the team coming from the local region.
When completed the wind farm will include 73 Goldwind advanced wind turbines utilising permanent magnet direct drive technology. The wind farm will incorporate 56 large GW100/2.5MW and 17 smaller GW82/1.5MW wind turbines. Seven 2.5MW and one 1.5MW wind turbines have now commenced producing renewable energy into the National Electricity Market. Once the project is fully operational it will be the largest wind farm in NSW.
John Titchen, Managing Director of Goldwind Australia, was there to celebrate the milestone and said “This is an exciting milestone for the project and is the culmination of the hard work of the project team and the local, national and international contractors involved.
“The commencement of generation from the project follows several years of planning and project management. The project has now started to contribute to meeting the Australian Government’s renewable energy target, delivering renewable energy into the Australian Electricity Market.”
To date 31 of the 73 wind turbines have been installed, with installation commencing from the
northern section of the site. Wind turbines are continuing to arrive on site in the southern section of
the wind farm in advance of them being installed early next year. It is expected that all the wind
turbines will be fully installed by May 2014.
The commissioning phase has now started and will progress at ahead of the planned
commencement of full operation in mid-2014. The wind turbines will be thoroughly tested prior to
being put into full operation. Goldwind’s local team of wind turbine technicians will operate and
maintain the wind farm.