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Acciona begins construction of 157.5-MW Aussie wind farm

Source: Acciona S.A.

March 8 (Renewables Now) - Spain’s Acciona SA (BME:ANA) held today a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the 157.5-MW Mortlake South wind park in the Australian state of Victoria.

The Mortlake South farm, wholly-owned by Acciona, is being built with an investment of AUD 288 million (EUR 180.4m/USD 202.4m), the Spanish renewable energy company said.

Germany’s Nordex (ETR:NDX1) will supply 35 4.5-MW wind turbines that will be capable of generating enough electricity to power close to 115,000 local households. The farm will also have an energy storage facility. The storage unit, still in the evaluation phase, will most likely have a capacity of between 4 MW and 5 MW, Acciona said.

Acciona will also build the 220-kV 15-kilometres (9.3 miles) long underground transmission line that will connect the wind farm to the Terang substation.

Commissioning is planned to take place in the second half of 2020.

As the company's fifth wind park in Australia, Mortlake South will increase Acciona’s Aussie wind portfolio to 592 MW. It will join the 64-MW Cathedral Rocks, 46.5-MW Gunning, Waubra with 192 MW and the 132-MW Mount Gellibrand wind farms, currently in operation.

(AUD 1.0 = EUR 0.62/USD 0.7)

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