Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has been appointed by Alinta Energy as its EPC partner for the construction of West Australia’s biggest wind farm by mid-2020.
The 214MW Yandin Wind Farm, to be located near Dandaragan, around 175km north of Perth, will consist of 51 (4.2MW) turbines, which can power up to 200,000 homes per year.
The A$400m ($286m) project is expected to create 150 jobs during construction.
Alinta Energy executive director of merchant energy Ken Woolley said: “Yandin will give Alinta Energy a considerable supply of affordable renewable power for our growing electricity customer base.
“I want to thank our project landowners, the Shire of Dandaragan and Western Power for their support.
“This is Alinta Energy’s first direct investment in a renewable project, and we’re thrilled to do it here in our home state of WA.
“Yandin will drive more affordable and cleaner energy for us, and with our gas-fired power stations it will also help us use gas more efficiently. That’ll be good for us, our customers and the environment.
“The Yandin Wind Farm has been shaped by valuable input from the local community and made possible by a stable energy policy environment in WA.”
The wind farm’s long-term capacity factor is projected to be around 50% due to the high-quality wind resource in the region.
Vestas head of sales for Australia and New Zealand Peter Cowling said: “Yandin is a key project for Vestas, for Alinta and for Western Australia.
“We are more than pleased to be Alinta’s partner on this project, as we can see enormous potential for wind energy in Western Australia that is perfectly suited to our industry-leading wind turbines.”
Western Power will build, own and operate a new 10km transmission line and terminal station to connect the wind farm to its 330kV electricity network.
Under a long-term service agreement, Vestas will operate and maintain the wind farm after completion of construction.
Image: Alinta appoints Vestas as EPC partner for wind farm in Western Australia. Photo: Courtesy of Laura Ockel on Unsplash.