The Largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere, MacArthur wind farm, 290km west of Melbourne officially opened this month. It was delivered on time and to budget by joint venture partners AGL Energy Limited (AGL) and Meridian Energy (Meridian).
This $1 billion renewable energy project has the capacity to power more than 220,000 average Victorian homes and abate more than 1.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year – the equivalent of taking more than 420,000 cars off the road. The Macarthur Wind Farm comprises 140 Vestas V112-3.0 MW wind turbine generators and has been constructed by a Vestas/Leighton Contractors consortium. The site was chosen for its large landholdings, landowner commitment, community support, wind resource and proximity to the existing transmission grid.
Federal Minister for Resources and Energy, Mr Gary Gray, has also congratulated AGL, its joint venture partner Meridian and all the contractors and sub-contractors who have seen this project through to fruition.
“The Macarthur Wind Farm is a major investment in clean, renewable Australian energy and in the social and economic development of this community,” said Mr Gray.
“With a project value of about $1 billion, it is the largest wind farm in the entire Southern Hemisphere. It will also provide 20 full-time jobs for local residents, which comes in addition to the many more it created during construction.” Mr Gray also said that projects like the MacArthur Wind Farm would ensure that Australia is on track to meet the Renewable Energy Target, under which a minimum 20 per cent of our electricity generation will be from renewable sources by 2020.
KEY FACTS: MacArthur Wind Farm
Location: 290km west of Melbourne
Contractors: Vestas/Leighton Contractors
Turbines: 140 x 3.0 MW V112
Capacity: 420 MW
Average wind speed: 7.6 m/s
Capacity factor: 35%
Construction schedule: Fully commissioned 31 January 2013
Grid connection: 14km to Heywood-Mooralbool 500kV transmission line
Employment: Up to 400 direct jobs at peak during construction, 875 jobs in the region, 2490 in Victoria, 2782 in Australia. Approximately 20 during operation for 25 years