OSMI Australia cuts turbine count of huge Victoria wind project - report

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February 25 (Renewables Now) - OSMI Australia has once again lowered the number of turbines for its Delburn Wind Farm in Victoria, local paper the Latrobe Valley Express reports.

The developer has issued a revised plan for the project, this time removing two turbines from the previous 35-turbine layout. It has now decided to keep only 33 of the machines, while its original plan called for the installation of 53 turbines with a combined capacity of 300 MW. The project, located at a site in Latrobe Valley, was initially planned to enter construction in 2022 and begin early operations a year later.

According to the report, the updated proposal includes moving some of the turbines in order to enhance the “constructability of the project and reduce the impacts of noise on the project's neighbours.” The company’s director Peter Marriott told the newspaper that the project is still in the early development stages and some additional steps will be undertaken before planning approval is sought.

In its latest newsletter, OSMI says the next stage in community engagement will be the creation of a community and stakeholder consultative committee. Two community meetings are planned next month.

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