The $370 million Moorabool North Wind Farm is one step closer to beginning construction, Goldwind Australia has announced. Moorabool North Wind Farm is part of the larger 321MW Moorabool Wind Farm development in Victoria.
Goldwind Australia will undertake the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the 150MW wind farm as well as its warranty, operations and maintenance once the project is operational. For this project, Zenviron has been appointed by Goldwind 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,” Goldwind Australia Managing Director John Titchen said.
Mr Titchen added that Goldwind launched a Local Business Participation Program last year to identify local community capability and capacity which will help in maximising opportunities for local suppliers and subcontractors who want to participate in the project.
Moorabool North Wind Farm is expected to support up to 150 jobs during peak construction as well as 10 permanent maintenance jobs once it is operational.
Source: Moorabool Wind Farm
According to Goldwind Community Engagement Officer Helen Kennedy, local engagement has been a key focus for the company 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,” Ms Kennedy said.
The wind farm will comprise of 50 turbines and will be able to generate enough renewable energy to power approximately 200,000 average Victorian homes annually.
Construction on Moorabool North Wind Farm is expected to commence by mid-2018, with operations to set begin by late 2019.
The entire Moorabool Wind Farm development is located approximately 4 kilometres south of Ballan.
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