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icubed consulting was engaged by Balance of Plant contractor Zenviron to undertake the investigation, design and construction supervision of the Salt Creek Wind Farm at Woorndoo – 250 kilometers west of Melbourne. Once we completed the geotechnical and topographic surveys for the project, the detailed design of external council roads, access tracks, hardstands, site drainage, WTG foundations and substation equipment support structures were undertaken by our design teams in Brisbane and Melbourne. Our specialist Quality Engineer Fraser MacMillan and Graduate Engineer Daniel Kyriacou were on site from November 2017 to late January 2018 to provide full-time support during the critical construction phase. The Salt Creek Wind Farm project has been Daniel’s first challenge at icubed where he has gained invaluable experience and further development as an engineer.
Salt Creek Wind Farm comprises 15 turbines (hub height of 87 metres and blade length of 63 metres) with a generation capacity of 54 MW, which is equivalent to powering approximately 22,000 homes with renewable energy. The wind farm will connect to the national electricity market via a 49 km power line ending at the Terang Terminal Station.
During the construction of the Salt Creek Wind Farm, Fraser and Daniel enjoyed meeting various people in the Western Victorian District. Becoming part of the community (and not particularly good at bowls) every Wednesday evening they were humbled by the locals at the Mortlake Bowls Club!
Lasting friendships have been developed with the local property owners where they were accommodated during their time in Victoria.
The wind farm is expected to be commissioned in July 2018.
Disclaimer: Our thanks to Zenviron and Tilt Renewables for providing the time lapse video which is not to be copied or reproduced in anyway without permission.