Goldwind begins construction of 144MW Tasmania wind farm

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Construction underway on 144MW Cattle Hill Wind Farm, which will boost Tasmania’s wind capacity by 50%.

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Tasmania’s wind energy capacity is set to be boosted by 50 per cent, with construction of Goldwind Australia’s 144MW Cattle Hill wind farm now underway in the state’s central highlands.

The China-based Goldwind said on Tuesday that construction would commence on the 49-turbine project, after the successful completion of site access works.

Cattle Hill Wind Farm was announced by Goldwind in June last year, alongside a long-term power purchase agreement with state-owned power retailer Aurora Energy.

The announcement was hailed by the Tasmanian government, and another major wind farm flagged for Granville Harbour, on the state’s west coast.

Goldwind is developing the Cattle Hill project in partnership with Power China Resource Limited (PCR) – a subsidiary of the state-owned EPC contractor PowerChina.

Tasmanian civil construction company, Hazell Brothers, would be one of the key partners for the project during the construction period, the companies said.

“The agreement signed today allows Hazell Brothers to commence early works for the project and acknowledges them as the preferred contractor for the full civil and electrical works for the wind farm,” said John Titchen, managing director of Goldwind Australia.

“Hazell Brothers has extensive experience in delivering large-scale infrastructure projects in Tasmania,” Titchen said.

TasNetworks would also begin work on connecting the wind farm to the Tasmanian grid, Goldwind said.

Once completed, Cattle Hill Wind Farm is expected to provide enough clean energy to power around 63,500 Tasmanian homes a year.

The project is also in the process of establishing a community fund, that will donate $120,000 a year into the local community – a practice that is becoming par for the course with major wind and solar developments, to help establish a robust social licence.

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4 Comments
  1. Connor 5 months ago

    Fantastic news!

  2. Nick Kemp 5 months ago

    This is great although as a Tasmanian I think we need to get a move on with our pumped hydro to make the most out of our wind power once we are re-connected to the national grid. I may be wrong but it seems to be proceeding at a snails pace still doing studies etc even though it’s been done overseas for many years

  3. George Darroch 5 months ago

    How is this affected by interconnector capacity constraints?

    • RobertO 5 months ago

      Hi George Darroch, It will have an effect, at the moment if Basslink is working TasHydro burns about 200 MW gas to do two things, earn money via Bass Link and reduce the price of Gas in Tas (there seems to be a volume price relationship). They seem to have stopped gas at this time perhaps it too hard to synchronise to the Hydro-Wind system. The extra wind may help increase dam levels, and if the dams are full then wind can be curtailed or the gas can be slowed to less. I suspect that Tas will get Basslink 2 and the battery of the nation project will change Tas Hydro and how they operate, may even get some PHES as a way to boast peaking hydro (move from 24 hr running to running 12 hr day i.e. add additional power generator to use more water, faster and making the new one a Francis turbine to pump water back up the system.
      Lots of people argue that the efficiency of this system will stop it, but it the profit of the system that will drive it and efficiency is not a critical factor. Look at Waikato River in NZ as they have been doing PHES, 8 dams and 9 power stations of which 6 (could be 7) are PHES.

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