The Ararat Wind Farm (VIC) will soon be connected to the national electricity grid by Transmission General Holdings Australia (TGHA). The Ararat Wind Farm’s 75 turbines will deliver 242MW of renewable energy capacity into the grid.
As part of the arrangement, TGHA will design and construct, own and operate the new terminal station and 21km of 132kV powerlines.
TGHA’s Tim Rourke, said the Ararat Terminal Station project marked a significant step forward in supporting the Australian renewable energy market, taking advantage of the more favourable investment environment for such projects.
Mr Rourke added, “Transmission General Holdings Australia is excited to be partnering with Ararat Wind Farm to bring this project online.
“As more and more large-scale renewable generation projects are developed in the coming years, our business is well positioned to ensure they are connected to the grid in the most efficient manner possible,” said Mr Rourke.
Construction of the network is expected to begin in July 2015, and completion is scheduled for August 2016. The project is expected to employ more than 200 Victorians and is a further testament to Western Victoria as an attractive location for wind generation, given its excellent wind resources and topography, strong transmission infrastructure backbone, and beneficial physical location in the National Energy Market.
Sister company Powercor Network Services (PNS) will undertake the design and construction of the new terminal station and transmission line for Transmission General Holdings Australia (TGHA), jointly owned CKI and Power Assets Holdings Ltd. This will be the second transmission asset to be owned and operated by TGHA, the other being the Mt Mercer Windfarm project and Elaine Terminal Station, southeast of Ballarat.