Westcoast Wind agrees deal for 112-MW wind park in Tasmania
Wind turbines in Tasmania. Author: Ian Cochrane. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Westcoast Wind Pty Ltd has reached an in-principle agreement with Hydro Tasmania in relation to a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 112-MW Granville Harbour onshore wind project on Tasmania's west coast.
Energy minister Matthew Groom announced this development in a statement on Tuesday.
The AUD-280-million (USD 213m/EUR 190m) project already has all of the required development approvals, according to the announcement. It calls for the construction of a 33-turbine wind park that will have the power generating capacity to supply over 40,000 households.
The government expects this project to create 200 jobs during construction and about 10 on-going jobs.
Earlier this month it was announced that the local unit of Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd (HKG:2208) has reached an in-principle agreement with Tasmanian government-owned electricity retailer Aurora Energy to build a 144-MW, AUD-300-million wind park at Wild Cattle Hill in the Central Highlands. Together, the two wind farms will generate over 840,000 MWh of electricity a year, the government said today.