Photo of the Day: Biggest wind turbine blades arrive in Australia

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The first of the turbine blades for the 175MW White Rock Wind Farm in NSW have been shipped to Australia, marking the arrival of the country’s longest wind turbine blades – at nearly 60 metres each – for what will be its biggest wind farm.

Pictured in the images below, the shipment of turbine blades arrived in the Port of Newcastle on the weekend, marking yet another milestone for the $400 million wind farm, which is being built in Glen Innes after years stuck in development limbo.


The 59.5m long blades were made for Goldwind by Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Company and, according to Goldwind Australia managing director John Titchen, will allow each turbine to harness more wind energy.

As we have noted here before, White Rock was the first major wind project to be approved after the passage of the new RET, since which time its Chinese owners, Goldwind, sold a 75 per cent share in the project to fellow Chinese firm CECEP Wind-Power Corporation (CECWPC) – a deal that enabled construction to proceed.

Sod was turned at the Glen Innes site in May, at which time even Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce got behind a shovel, declaring the project a driver of innovation and creator of “the jobs of the future.”

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Barnaby Joyce, third from left, joins owners and developers of White Rock Wind Farm in the official turning of the sod at the Glen Innes site.

“This and other clean energy projects proposed for the region will ensure the New England is a major player in the field …and clean energy is essential to meet our emissions reduction targets,” Joyce said at the time.


The first stage of construction will install 70 2.5MW turbines, although planning approval has been granted for 119 in total, which will be constructed in stages. Once complete, it will be NSW’s largest wind farm.  

  • john

    What i find so funny there is Barnaby Joyce doing a photo opp turning the first sod on the very type of development he hates.
    The two face attitude of this man astounds me.

    • Miles Harding

      Anywhere there’s a sod, there’s Barnaby! 🙂

      Sad they arrive by ship and not by truck! Australia’s missing the boat because we are governed by dinosaurs.

  • Ren Stimpy

    I hope that truckie doesn’t try to go through Macca’s drive-thru at Muswellbrook for a 10 pack of McNuggets and a chocky shake.

    Would Elvis the helicopter not have been the more optimal transport choice?

    • Greg Steenbeeke

      Likely these are only for repositioning on the dock. I don’t know how they will get them from Newcastle to site.

      • wideEyedPupil

        that’s how they move them typically. very unwieldy not to mention expensive for a cargo helicopter to transport.

  • Chris Fraser

    Crumbs … we should be making the blades in Oz. Preferably near Tamworth.

    • Robert Comerford

      Haven’t you been listening to our leaders?

      We are to make our fortunes digging up coal and serving tourists!


      • Chris Fraser

        But we could make blades that are SO big that Barnaby can see them swishing from his porch.

  • Nick

    More than twice the price per GWe of South Korean nuclear assuming a 30% CF.
    And it’s intermittent, causing grid problems as seen in SA (openly admitted by the AEMO), putting added costs on others in the system which the taxpayer has to pay for (grid upgrades, integration costs, storage etc).
    Load of shit. Chk winds ERoEi. Compared to nuclear it’s appalling. You cannot deeply decarbonise with wind.

    • Alastair Leith

      What do you mean by grid problems? There are ‘grid problems’ which the AEMO sorts through every day with a bidding system. Admittedly a recent report from MEI has shown market manipulation by a small cartel of gas generators exploiting historical weaknesses in the bidding and settling period anomaly.

      As wind and solar power increase their penetration of energy grids world-wide, it’s amazing how resourceful engineers can be at utilising the cheapest, cleanest forms of generation so there’s little to no curtailment and plenty of redundancy and ancillary service. Engineering is all about problems and solutions.