February 14 (Renewables Now) - Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) today announced a deal with Australia’s Marand Precision Engineering that advances the Danish manufacturer's plan to set up a wind turbine assembly and testing site in Victoria.
The facility will be part of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH) in Geelong, which the Danish firm decided to establish following orders to build the turbines for the 180-MW Berrybank and 336-MW Dundonnell wind farms in Victoria. Under the new partnership, Marand will provide the needed facility space, personnel and equipment for the production site, while Vestas will deliver the testing equipment and assembly line layout and will take care of transporting all components to the assembly area.
The wind turbine assembly and testing centre will be located at a former Ford Motor factory in the south-western port city. Initially, Vestas intends to use the facility to make 4-MW drivetrains and hubs and carry out component tests for the two projects, which will consist of 43 and 80 turbines, respectively.
The projects were selected in the state's first renewable energy auction and are required to use 64% local content under the government's Victorian Industry Participation Policy.