Murra Warra wind farm start draws closer
Murra Warra wind farm project developers RES and construction contractors held a series of information sessions for community residents last week, the first of the community meetings being held at the Sailors Home Hall at Murra Warra on Wednesday afternoon.
There were about 20 interested visitors that called into the Sailors Home hall information session and about 40 people attended the Horsham session.
With a further 10 people that attending on Thursday morning at the Warracknabeal meeting.
Communication and Company Service Manager, Tanya Jackson said, “contractors have moved ahead and started with civil construction works, with the upgrading of public roads, internal access tracks and to lay the turbine tower foundations.”
“The community has been quite supportive of the project. There has been good positive feedback, especially regarding the community grants program. They were interested in how that is going to work,” she said.
Ms Jackson said, “we had councillors from Yarriambiack Shire call in, who are most supportive of renewable energy projects and are looking forward to the project completion.”
“This community has been really supportive of this project right from the very beginning.”
“I am not aware of any major concerns expressed by the community,” Ms Jackson said.
RES Australia is part of a family owned global company, RES Group and one of the world’s leading renewable energy company with over 100 wind farm developments worldwide.
“Senvion has been contracted to be the construction company, that will build the wind farm which is situated on the boundary of the Yarriambiack and Horsham shires about 20 kilometres south west of Warracknabeal. They have contracted Horsham earth moving contractor Miller Contractors to do much of the road works, that will employ Wimmera workers,” said Ms Jackson.
“The electrical work will be done by Downer, one of Australia's top civil electrical contractors.”
The wind farm is expected to produce 429 Megawatt of power when it is completed depending on wind resources at the time. Apparently the power generated will be sold to Telstra under a ‘Power Led Purchase Agreement’ that will on-sell to companies such as ANZ, CCA, Telstra and the University of Melbourne.
The site is located on 4,250 Hectares of broadacre cropping and sheep grazing farm land. The actual footprint of the wind power generators will be less than two percent of that area.
“This project will create more than 610 direct and indirect jobs during construction both, on-site and within the wider community,” she said.
“For each turbine completed, $1000 will be contributed by the company towards a community fund for community projects and causes. Stage one of the project will see 51 turbines completed making $51,000 available.”
“The project will potentially inject an overall economic stimulus of up to $81 million over the life of the project,” Ms Jackson said.
Stage one of the construction will build 61 turbines with a total of 116 turbines between Stages one and two.
Each blade of the wind turbine will be 70.5 meters long, weighing 20 tonnes and the highest tip will be 211 meters from the ground. The centre hub of the turbine blades will weigh 49 tonnes and sit 139 meters above the ground. The weight of the nacelle is approximately 131 tonne.
The wind generator project will expand over 11 privately owned land holdings.
The turbine assemblies are expected to be delivered in October with the erection of the turbine towers in December. The company expect to commission the turbines in March of 2019 and complete the project in August 2019.