Goldwind shipping turbine components for Aussie hybrid project

Wind-photovoltaic smart microgrid system. Source: Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (www.goldwind.cn). Licence: All Rights Reserved.

December 4 (Renewables Now) - Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (HKG:2208) has delivered the first turbine components and will soon start building the 17.85-MW wind farm portion of the Agnew Hybrid Renewable Project in Western Australia.

The Chinese wind turbine manufacturer will erect a total of five units of the GW140/3.75MW machines at the complex in the Goldfields region, at a gold mine run by Agnew Gold Mining Company Pty Ltd.

Construction of the wind farm will be accompanied by the installation of a 13-MW/4-MWh battery and a microgrid control system. These are part of the second stage of the 54-MW Agnew Hybrid Renewable Project. The first stage was finalised two weeks ago when a 23-MW hybrid power station combining solar, gas and diesel generation was switched on.

The whole project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2020.

Goldwind was brought in by Australia’s Energy Developments Ltd (EDL), the company responsible for the design and construction of the micro-grid.

Announcing the components delivery on Wednesday, Goldwind said it is presently engaged in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services alongside its balance of plant (BOP) joint-venture partner NACAP. The turbine maker will also provide warranty operations and maintenance once the wind farm comes online.

EDL will own and operate the microgrid under a 10-year agreement with the Agnew gold mine’s parent company, Johannesburg-based Gold Fields Limited.

This summer, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) agreed to provide financial support for the Agnew project.

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