Zinfra has been awarded the construction contract to build the connection assets on behalf of AusNet Services as part of the construction of the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm.

Located on farmland approximately 45km south of Ballarat, Victoria, the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm (SHWF) will have a total expected capacity of around 530MW from 149 turbines

Once completed, SHWF will be the largest wind farm in the country and is expected to provide electricity for 391,000 Victorian homes.

Zinfra’s scope of works for this contract includes the complete construction of 70km of 132kV transmission line connecting the three Wind Farm Collector Substations to the greenfield Terminal Station at Haunted Gully; procurement for all the materials associated with the 132kV transmission line; complete construction of the 500kV/132kV Haunted Gully Terminal Station including all civil, structural and electrical works; and construction of the interface works and cut-over to re-align the existing 500kV transmission line (the main connection between VIC and SA) and connect the Haunted Gully Terminal Station.

Preliminary works have already commenced on this project and Zinfra is expected to mobilise on site by July 2018.

Zinfra’s highly regarded transmission line crews, electricians and project management teams will deliver the majority of the construction works, with Zinfra employing up to 100 people at peak times during the construction of the transmission line and terminal station. Zinfra has been working closely and collaboratively with AusNet Services to secure this project since 2013.

Zinfra General Manager Projects, Paul Birighitti, commented, “We are thrilled to be working on this significant project for AusNet Services, leveraging our core capability in the power sector, into the renewables sector.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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