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The Kennedy Energy Park, near Hughenden, North Queensland will assist in providing electricity to 30,000 – 40,000 residences by late 2018.
The Windlab developed project is being constructed by Quanta Solar Australia, in consortium with Vestas. A number of Quanta’s subsidiaries are working together to deliver the project, with icubed working closely with Enscope for earthworks, pavement and drainage, and Nacap for the construction of the wind turbine generator foundations.
Thursday the 31st May saw the first of 12 icubed designed wind turbine generator foundations poured at the Kennedy Energy Park. Each 594 cubic metre mass reinforced concrete foundation will support a Vestas V136 3.6 MW wind turbine generator, with a hub height of 132 metres, and blade length of 67 metres.
Whilst on-site, icubed engineers Fraser MacMillan and Daniel Kyriacou witnessed the first three foundations being poured. A few very early mornings, and long days, saw the 80 tonnes of steel reinforcement and hold down bolts in each foundation covered in concrete.
Along with the wind turbine foundations, icubed consulting has designed the access tracks, drainage, laydown pads, and crane hardstands for the erection and service of the wind turbines. This includes almost 17 kilometres of access track, a major cutting, and three major stormwater crossings.
Early June also saw the 36 wind turbine blades imported through the Port of Townsville, ready for the 380km drive to Hughenden. Once in service, the 43 megawatts of wind power will combine with 15 megawatts of solar, and 2 MW/4 MWH Tesla battery storage to form the world’s first fully integrated utility scale hybrid renewable energy facility.