Neoen starts work on 412-MW wind farm in S Australia

Wind turbines. Photo by: City of Melbourne (http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au).

January 17 (Renewables Now) - France’s Neoen SA (EPA:NEOEN) has launched early construction works on the first phase of the Goyder Renewables Zone project that will add 2.7 GW of capacity in South Australia.

The over AUD-3-billion (USD 2.16bn/EUR 1.89bn) project envisages the phased installation of up to 1,200 MW of wind, 600 MW of solar and 900 MW/1,800 MWh of energy storage capacity. Its first stage will be a 412-MW wind farm, called Goyder South Stage 1.

Neoen said on Monday it has given a notice to proceed with the massive scheme’s first phase to a consortium of GE Renewable Energy and Spanish construction group Elecnor SA. Planned to use 75 of the GE 5.5-158 Cypress platform turbines, the wind farm is scheduled to go online in 2024. Major construction works on the project will be initiated in the second quarter of 2022.

In September 2020, Neoen won an auction held by the government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to supply power from 100 MW of capacity from the Goyder wind farm for 14 years.

The Goyder Renewables Zone will be located south of Burra and north of Robertstown, in the state’s Mid North region where South Australia’s new transmission link to New South Wales will be built. Future phases of the project will be unlocked as the interconnector becomes operational, Neoen said.

With Goyder South Stage 1, Noen’s portfolio of assets in operation or under construction in Australia has expanded to over 2.5 GW.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.721/EUR 0.631)

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