November 13 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s Senvion SA (ETR:SEN) confirmed today it has received a notice to proceed under a contract to implement the 126-MW first phase of the Lincoln Gap wind project in South Australia.
Senvion will install 35 units of its 3.6M140 EBC turbine as part of this phase. It noted that this would be the first time for a machine from its 3-MW platform to be erected in Australia. The turbine is equipped with the load-reducing pitch control system Eco Blade Control (EBC) technology that optimises load management, and also has a newly-designed steel tower and a larger rotor diameter of 140 metres.
On Sunday, Singaporean power producer Nexif Energy said it had achieved financial close for the first stage of the 212-MW project near Port Augusta. Senvion pointed out that it has worked closely with the developer to reach this milestone. The parties signed a conditional contract in February, stipulating that Senvion will deliver more than 300 MW for the Lincoln Gap and Glen Innes wind farms.
The first phase of the Lincoln Gap scheme is expected to become operational by the third quarter of 2018. Senvion said that work is already well advanced on the preparation for the second phase.