Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has announced that construction of New South Wales’ largest wind farm will begin at the end of April 2016.
The $400million White Rock Wind Farm, located in New England (NSW), will produce enough renewable energy to power 75,000 homes.
Chinese wind turbine manufacturer, Goldwind, will construct the wind farm with the CECEP Wind-Power Corporation (CECWPC).
Goldwind Australia will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to the project, as well as warranty operations and maintenance during the operations period.
Transgrid is engaged to establish the connection to the 132kV transmission system and construct a 132kV transmission line and substation on the project site.
Fulton Hogan has also been appointed to perform the main wind farm civil and electrical works, as well as public road works associated with the project.
Mr Joyce said he predicts the project’s construction phase will increase local jobs and economic jobs to the region.
“The 175 MW generating capacity of the project will make it larger than any operating wind farm in NSW,” Mr Joyce said.
“This project will be a fantastic boost for the local economy, employing up to 200 people during the construction phase and generating ten full-time positions over a 20 year period.”
Goldwind Australia Managing Director, John Titchen, said the investment in White Rock Wind Farm is being made on the basis of the Australian Government’s legislated Renewable Energy Target.
“The clear support for this Law by the Australian Government and the Opposition has been an important factor in making this investment commitment,” Mr Titchen said.
“Goldwind will construct the 175MW White Rock Wind Farm utilising 70 of our advanced technology 2.5MW wind turbines.
“Goldwind and CECEPWC will work closely and carefully with the local community during the construction and subsequent operation of this significant wind farm.”
CECWPC will purchase a 75 per cent interest in White Rock Wind Farm with Goldwind retaining a 25 per cent interest.
CECWPC Chairman of the Board, Li Shusheng, said his company is very pleased to have secured this opportunity to enter the Australian renewable energy market.
“The 175MW White Rock Wind Farm will be larger than any currently operating Wind Farm in NSW. The approvals, connection agreement and construction contracts are in place. The CECWPC and Goldwind investment will now enable construction to proceed,” Mr Shusheng said.