Hydro Tasmania plans to build USD-2bn 600-MW wind park on King Island
Nov 28, 2012 - Australia-based hydro and wind power company Hydro Tasmania on Wednesday unveiled plans for a 600-MW wind project worth around AUD 2 billion (USD 2.1bn/EUR 1.6bn) on King Island, Tasmania.
The TasWind wind park is to comprise about 200 turbines with an annual output estimated at 2,400 GWh, enough to power about 240,000 households. The electricity produced by the wind farm and transmitted into the National Electricity Market will meet over 5% of the country's Renewable Energy Target and mitigate some 1.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, Hydro Tasmania says.
Hydro Tasmania is to start consultation with the King Island community, which will continue until February, as part of the project's pre-feasibility phase. This comes after 15 months of assessment of the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of the project and support from the Tasmanian government.
The full feasibility stage of the project, if the company proceeds with it, is to be finalised by 2015. Construction of the farm is to start in 2017, with the facility to be fully operational in 2019.