TasNetworks and Goldwind have signed the Connection Agreement for the Cattle Hill wind farm project in Tasmania’s central highlands.

The Connection Agreement sets out the terms and conditions for the wind farm to successfully connect to TasNetworks’ transmission network.

The agreement represents a significant commitment from TasNetworks and Goldwind, and is another key step in paving the way for the construction of the 144MW large-scale wind farm.

The construction of the wind farm, located adjacent to TasNetworks’ large Waddamana Substation, is scheduled to commence in early 2018 and will include the construction of up to 49 turbines.

The construction of the wind farm is expected to increase Tasmania’s on-island renewable energy generation capacity by more than five per cent.

TasNetworks Chief Executive Officer, Lance Balcombe, said the partnership was a key milestone for the project and highlighted the strong working relationship that exists between the two companies.

“We’re very excited to be involved with such a great project and look forward to working with Goldwind during the construction phase over the coming months,” Mr Balcombe said.

Goldwind’s Managing Director, John Titchen, said the project will deliver significant addition to Tasmanian power supply.

He said Goldwind was pleased to partner with TasNetworks to achieve the Connection Agreement for Cattle Hill.

“We have found the TasNetworks team to be very professional and capable.”

The project is expected to create 150 jobs during construction and employ up to 10 permanent maintenance staff when fully operational in 2019.

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