Dundonnell Wind Farm, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Fri Apr 24 2020 04:01:13 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 350 MW
    generation capacity of the Dundonnell Wind Farm located approximately 23 km north-east of Mortlake, in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. The project is 1 of 6 developments within the state to be awarded a supply agreement through the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme.
  • 1,000 GWh
    of electricity generated per year, once the farm is operational.
  • 140,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 700,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions a year – equivalent to removing 170,00 cars from Victorian roads.
  • 4,500
    hectares of sparsely populated area predominantly used for grazing stock and belonging to 12 'host' landowners.
  • 88
    turbines will be used. Modified on 03 Jan 2018 from 96 earlier along with an increase in height. Turbine hubs and drive trains for the project will be soured from the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH).
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project Developer: Tilt Renewables 2) EPC and O&M: Vestas 3) PPA: 15 year through Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme (for 37% of output)
  • $563 million
    project cost. β€œIt is a significant investment and part of our proudly aggressive agenda to make Victoria the renewable energy leader of our nation,” the premier, Daniel Andrews, said on Tuesday.
  • 300
    direct and indirect jobs will be created during construction. Photo show Sam, one of the technicians onsite, during the turbine assembly.
  • 10
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2019
    estimated project commissioning date. Works for the Dundonnell project are expected to begin within 12 months.
  • 06 Jul 2016
    Development approval granted by the Victorian government after an extensive assessment process, which included a study of the potential impacts into brolga populations.
  • 2H2018
    Expected financial close.
  • 03 Jan 2018
    The Victoria state government announced amended permit had been approved - size of turbines have been upgraded with the height now 189 m, up from 164 m in the original permit.
  • 11 Sep 2018
    The project becomes 1 of 6 developments within Victoria to be awarded a supply agreement through Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme. The support agreement with the Victorian Government consists of a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) at a regulated tariff.
  • 27 Nov 2018
    Tilt Renewables appoints Entura to undertake design review and construction monitoring services for the wind farm and balance of plant, transmission line and a new terminal station.
  • 27 Nov 2018
    Project achieves financial close.
  • 27 Nov 2018
    Vestas appointed as EPC contractor with construction commencement now anticipated in early 2019 and commercial operation scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.
  • 16 Jan 2019
    Tilt Renewables announces start of construction with AusNet Services to begin work on the transmission line.
  • 18 Mar 2019
    Tilt Renewables successfully secures $12.7 million from retail investors, completing the $263 million capital raising it required to fund the wind farm.
  • 03 Apr 2019
    Construction commences.
  • 15 Aug 2019
    Transformer being delivered to the project site.
  • 05 Dec 2019
    First turbine installed.
  • Feb 2020
    11 turbines constructed with a further two nearing completion. Another 16 turbines are currently under construction with installation of the bottom two of five tower sections complete. 56 turbine foundations have been poured, 16 more excavations are complete and steel fixing is under way at multiple locations.
  • Feb 2020
    More than 44 kilometres of access track has been completed and 36.2 kilometres of cable trenched and backfilled. The transmission line and new 500/200kV Blue Gums substation were also recently completed. Pre-energisation testing is under way ahead of the commencement of turbine commissioning.
  • 11 Mar 2020
    Project begins production and starts feeding into the grid.
  • 16 Apr 2020
    Project secures a 10-year power purchase agreement with supermarket giant Aldi Stores Australia for 6% of its output. The PPA is due to start in 2021.
  • 22 Apr 2020
    Project is fully operational and feeding into the national grid. Clean Energy Regulator announces accredition of the project.