Vestas wins EPC contract for 227MW wind farm in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 30 May 2019 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Danish wind turbine-maker Vestas has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 227MW Collector wind farm, being developed by RATCH-Australia.

The wind farm is expected to begin commercial operations in the second half of 2020.

Under the terms of the contract, Vestas will supply its 4MW platform turbines, perform the EPC operations and provide full scope services. The company claims to provide a site-specific solution that is designed to maximise annual energy generation.

The Collector wind farm will be located in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands and has challenges in terms of tip- and hub-height. For maximum energy generation, Vestas will supply 54 of its V117-4.2 MW turbines. The project features a hub height of 91.5m.

The turbine is claimed to deliver competitive output in terms of higher power output per dollar invested, making the project financially attractive.

Vestas Asia-Pacific president Clive Turton said: “The Collector Wind Farm demonstrates the increasing attractiveness of wind energy as a cost-effective provider of electricity and as an attractive and bankable investment.

“Vestas is pleased to bring our leading technology, experience and knowledge to provide a customised energy solution for Collector, and to make it the latest in a series of CEFC-funded renewable energy projects that are supporting Australia’s transition to a low-carbon energy system.”

The Australian government-owned Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has agreed to provide AUD180m (£99m) for the wind farm. CEFC will finance the project on merchant basis, which means that it has assumed market risk on the project’s revenue rather than offering funding, subject to securing long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).

According to Vestas, this exemplifies the effectiveness of its 4MW platform and the availability of guarantee in reducing risk and improving business case.

RATCH-Australia business development executive general manager Anthony Yeates said: “Vestas has developed a competitive solution that meets site specific requirements. Following the successful completion of our 180 MW Mount Emerald Wind farm in North Queensland, we are extremely pleased to be continuing our relationship with Vestas. They continue to be one of our most trusted partners.”

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Image: Vestas wins EPC contract for 227MW Australian wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

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