Construction on the $361 million Boco Rock wind farm in the Snowy Mountains has started, with representatives of the project partners EGCO, Wind Prospect CWP, GE and Downer EDI joining key members of the Nimmitabel community to turn the first sod on the 67-turbine farm today.
The sod-turning follows GE and its consortium partner, Downer EDI, being awarded the contract to supply turbines, build and maintain the Boco Rock wind farm in June.
The GE-Downer consortium will provide engineering, procurement and construction. GE will supply and commission 58 1.7MW and nine 1.6MW wind turbine generators (WTG). With blades that extend 50 metres and an overall height equivalent to 33 stories, the 1.7-100 WTG is GE’s latest development in wind turbine technology. It is the world’s most efficient wind turbine in its class.
In addition to supplying and commissioning the wind turbine generators, GE will provide around $50 million worth of maintenance services over 10 years. Downer will construct the 132kV transmission line and substation as well as design and construct the civil and electrical infrastructure.
GE’s Renewables Asia Pacific Leader Peter Cowling said the project would bring together complementary skills of the project partners.
“We’re looking forward to working with Boco Rock owners EGCO, and our project partners, Wind Prospect CWP and Downer EDI to deliver a world class wind farm in NSW," he said.
“Our wind turbine technology is a leader in efficiency and reliability, and our solution at Boco Rock is a great example of what can be achieved with a carefully tailored and optimized layout.
“The Boco Rock wind farm will contribute to meeting the bipartisan Renewable Energy Target. The maintenance of the increasing annual gigawatt hour target enshrined in legislation will drive additional investment and employment in renewable energy and continue to put downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.”
Downer EDI consortium manager Harley Frankfurt, said: "Together with our consortium partner I am proud of the team we have in place to deliver Bock Rock Windfarm."
Wind Prospect CWP will see the Boco Rock wind farm through to delivery and manage the farm on behalf of its owner, Thai-listed Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO).
“The Boco Rock site is a model site for a wind farm. We are now going to create what will be a model project for the community and the state. We look forward to working with EGCO and GE/Downer in creating a wind farm that we will be proud of,” said CWP Director, Alex Hewitt.
Boco Rock wind farm is expected to be completed by 2015 and will begin delivering power to the grid from the end of next year.