Huge concrete pour paves way for 122 turbines at Australia’s largest wind project

Source: TagEnergy LinkedIn

The concrete foundations have been laid for all 122 of the turbines that will make up the first 756MW of the massive Golden Plains wind farm in Victoria, paving the way for the project to start generating power later this year.

In an update on LinkedIn, project developer TagEnergy says contractor MPC Kinetic has completed its final concrete pour at the site of the up to 1.3GW wind farm in Rokewood, in Victoria’s south west, which will also include a big battery.

“It’s not every day you get to make a contribution to what will be Australia’s largest wind farm to accelerate the energy transition. But that’s what our valued partner MPC Kinetic has done at Golden Plains Wind Farm – 122 times!,” the LinkedIn post says.

“That’s how many foundations MPK has laid for us onsite, from the first one their wonderful team poured in July 2023, to the final one this week.”

TagEnergy says a collaborative effort saw an average of three foundations poured each week, keeping stage one of the wind farm on track to start delivering renewable energy to the grid later this year.

“Any project is only as strong as the foundations it is built upon. While the final pour marks the end of MPK’s foundations work, it paves the way for the next stage of our vital project to take shape,” the post says.

The first 6.2MW Vestas turbine went up at Golden Plains in February, measuring 149 metres tall with 79-metre-long blades – a milestone that itself took only six days, according to TagEnergy.

Golde signed the second PPA for power generated from the 756MW Golden Plains Wind Farm – East with digital infrastructure company Equinix, who will take 20% of the energy and green certificates (LGCs) generated from the wind farm.

TagEnergy had already signed a first PPA with federal government-owned gentailer Snowy Hydro for 40% of the energy and LGCs in the middle of 2023.

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