Court rejects challenge against GPG's 97-MW wind farm in Victoria
Vestas turbines at Australia's Macarthur wind farm. Courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S.
The Victorian Supreme court has turned down a request to overturn the permit extension to Global Power Generation’s (GPG) 97-MW Hawkesdale wind project.
The legal challenge was launched by a group of Hawkesdale residents in May over concerns about the proposed wind farm’s proximity to the town and its potential negative effects on local residents. According to Judge Melinda Richards, no legal basis was found to reject the extension to the project’s planning permits.
The Hawkesdale wind farm calls for the installation of 23 V136-4.2 MW wind turbines by Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S, an order for which was placed at the end of 2020. The project was initially cleared by the Victorian government back in 2008 but the approvals expired in August 2020 and had to be extended by the state planning authorities. According to the extension, the developer has to complete construction works by August 2023.
GPG is a joint venture between Spanish electric and gas utility Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY) and Kuwait Investment Authority, Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund. Naturgy is the majority shareholder.
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