August 16 (Renewables Now) - The first concrete pour for one of the 31 turbine foundations at the site of the 112-MW Granville Harbour wind farm in Tasmania has successfully been completed, it was announced today.
The rest of the turbine foundations will be finalised over the coming months and deliveries of the 62-metre blades for Vestas wind turbines are expected to begin next month.
Other achievements include the installation of more than 90% of the transmission line poles, the start of construction for 25 km of access roads, the completion of drainage and environmental controls, as well as the installation of operations buildings.
“This winter’s unrelenting weather conditions have slowed some activities down, but we are pushing on and are still on track for the wind farm to generate its first energy by the end of the year,” said project director Lyndon Frearson.
The AUD-280-million (USD 190m/EUR 171.3m) wind project was developed by Westcoast Wind, now owned by Palisade Investment Partners Ltd. The construction of the plant will create about 200 jobs and the project is seen to result in a roughly AUD-3.8-million direct investment in the West Coast and some AUD 16 million across Tasmania.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.678/EUR 0.612)