Murra Warra Wind Farm, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Sat Jun 20 2020 04:35:54 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 226 MW
    planned installed capacity of the first phase of Murra Warra Wind Farm in north western Victoria. The site is approximately 25km due north of Horsham on land between the Henty Highway and the Blue Ribbon Road to the east of the crossroads at Murra Warra. The project has a planned generation capacity of 429 MW.
  • ? GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 220,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year in phase 1.
  • 1.3 million tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational.
  • 4,250 hectares
    of broadacre cropping and sheep grazing farmland , spread over 11 land holdings is available for construction. However, toe actual footprint of the project is expected to be just 2% of this land.
  • 61
    Senvion 3.7M144 wind turbines will be used in the first phase of the project. 116 will be used in all.
  • $662 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 1,000
    + total jobs created during construction phase.
  • 15
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 07 Dec 2016
    RES Australia, developers of the project, given go ahead by the Andrews Labor Government.
  • 2018
    Construction of the first stage of the Murra Warra project expected to begin early 2018. It is expected to be fully operational by mid-2019.
  • $1,000
    per turbine will be delivered a community fund, every year for the life of the project. The fund will support community projects in the local area.
  • $68 million
    Overall investment that is estimated to flow into the local economy per an independent study by Essential Economics. This will come from construction and operational employment and spending, increased rates income to local councils, landowner lease payments, and the annual community fund.
  • 14 Jun 2017
    RES announced global wind energy giant Senvion will supply wind turbines for the farm. Senvion will design a 3.7MW onshore machine with a 144-metre rotor to be first used in Australia for the first time.
  • 21 Dec 2017
    A consortium of large energy users led by Telstra including ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil and the University of Melbourne, announced that they had entered into long-term agreements to buy power from the 226 MW first stage of the farm.
  • 12 Jan 2018
    AusNet announces that agreement has been secured with RES Australia and Macquarie Capital to develop a new transmission connection for Stage 1. A new terminal station will be built, enabling power generated from the project to be exported into the National Energy Market via the Western Victoria 220kV network. This will be built owned and operated by AusNet services.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project Developer: RES, 2) EPC and O&M: Senvion and Downer 3) Distribution: Multiple
  • 14 Mar 2018
    RES announces Stage One has reached financial close. RES and Macquarie Capital will be providing equity finance for Stage One. Debt financing of approximately $A320 million has been secured for Stage One through a consortium comprising of ANZ, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Westpac Banking Corporation.
  • 14 Mar 2018
    Senvion and Downer receive 'Notice to Proceed' on construction of the farm.
  • 05 Jul 2018
    Monash University joins Tesla led consortium of corporate buyers who will buy power from the farm. For Monash, the deal will help to achieve the university’s targets of 100 per cent renewables, and of net zero emissions by 2030.
  • Jul 2018
    A drone shot captures the progression of the civil construction of the substation where electricity generated will be fed into the grid.
  • Jul 2018
    The first test blade for the farm on its way to the blade test centre in China.
  • Jul 2018
    Embeds to connect the wind towers to their concrete foundations being manufactured by Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland, SW Victoria.
  • Aug 2018
    Turbine parts start their journey to the site from Keppel Prince Engineering manufacturing site in Portland, SW Victoria.
  • 10 Sep 2018
    Global private markets investment manager Partners Group on behalf of its clients to invest over $200 million in equity to acquire and construct the first stage of the project.
  • Nov 2018
    Concrete pours completed for 61 turbines!
  • 03 Dec 2018
    First turbine blade arrives at site.
  • 03 Dec 2018
    First turbine tower going up. Each blade on on the turbine weighs approx 20 tonnes. The hub weighs approx 49 tonnes, the nacelle approx 131 tonnes and the weight of each tower is a whopping 433 tonnes.
  • 10 Jan 2019
    Construction of the first turbine completed. Total height to tip of 211 metres making it the tallest wind turbine in Australia!
  • Jan 2019
    Turbine components rest at an interim storage yard after their arduous sea journey to Australia, prior to making their way to the project site. The facility has been built by local civil contractors Mibusbros at an estimated cost of $1.5 million. 2 turbines have now been fully built with construction of more underway.
  • 17 Feb 2019
    Transform makes its way to the project site. Manufactured by Wilson Transformer Co in Melbourne, it weighs 320 tonnes is 68.5 metres long, 4.5m wide and 5.5m high. Transported by 3 prime movers, two trucks pulling it and one at the rear pushing.
  • 18 Feb 2019
    Foundation for all 61 turbines now completed.
  • Apr 2019
    Energisation now complete, setting the stage for turbine testing and commissioning to occur prior to exporting electricity to the grid.
  • 17 Apr 2019
    Project starts feeding into the gird!
  • 07 Jun 2019
    31 of 61 turbines now constructed.
  • 05 Dec 2019
    Last blade arrives at site.
  • 14 Jan 2020
    Construction of all 61 turbines now completed. Project team marks the event with an appropriate cake!
  • Feb 2020
    Project faces delays in commissioning.