GE signs turbine supply deal for 91-MW Aussie wind farm
Ararat wind farm construction. Source: Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (www.ararat-windfarm.com)
GE Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to supply the turbines for the 91-MW Crookwell 2 wind farm in Australia, according to a press release on Wednesday.
The contract is with Global Power Generation (GPG), a subsidiary of Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa (BME:GAS) and Kuwait Investment Authority, for which Crookwell 2 will be the first wind farm in Australia. The project last year secured a feed-in tariff (FiT) contract from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government and will contribute to ACT's target of getting 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.
Located near Goulburn in New South Wales, the wind farm is expected to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 41,600 Canberra homes when completed in September 2018.
The renewables arm of US conglomerate General Electric (NYSE:GE) will supply and install 28 3.4-MW 130-metre (426.5 ft)-rotor turbines at the wind farm. GE noted that in Australia it has also won wind turbine contracts for the 200-MW Silverton and 240-MW Ararat projects.
According to the announcement, GPG is looking to secure additional long-term offtake agreements for other large renewable projects in its Australian pipeline.