First Wind Turbine Completed at Dundonnell Wind Farm
Installation of the first wind turbine has been completed at Dundonnell Wind Farm. The 4.2 MW rated tower stands at a height of 114 m to the hub. With each blade extending 75 m in length, the Vestas V150 turbines are the largest rotors ever installed in Australia. This marks a significant milestone for the wind farm project, with months of earthworks completed in order to provide access for the erection of the tower to be achieved. icubed congratulates Tilt Renewables, the project developer, and Vestas, the EPC contractor and technology supplier, for their success in this achievement.
Led by Zenviron, the Balance of Plant contractor, earthworks construction has been progressing well across the site, with over 25 km of paved access tracks now complete. The tracks and hardstands have been constructed through the use of an on-site quarry, producing pavement material from the high-quality basalt rock in the area.
Another significant milestone was achieved for the site team last week, with the halfway mark of WTG foundation concrete pours being surpassed. Concrete supply by Holcim from two on-site batch plants has helped ensure that all concrete pours have been highly successful to date.
The construction of a new substation facility, containing two transformers, within the wind farm site is also near completion. Once the Dundonnell Wind Farm project is operational, the substation will facilitate the distribution of the 336MW capacity from the 80 turbines being built. This will provide enough renewable energy to power approximately 245,000 homes whilst eliminating roughly 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The viability of the project has been enhanced by the Victorian Government’s commitment to a long-term offtake agreement for a proportion of power generated, through their visionary VRet program.
icubed looks forward to continuing their involvement in Dundonnell Wind Farm’s construction as works move into 2020, providing a full time on-site engineering presence and office-based design support.