Silverton Wind Farm, New South Wales, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Fri May 22 2020 22:03:46 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 200 MW
    generation capacity of the Silverton Wind Farm located in the Barrier Ranges of NSW, with its south-western boundary approximately five kilometres north of Silverton and approximately 25 kilometres north-west of Broken Hill.
  • 780,000 MWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 137,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 655,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational, equivalent of taking 192,000 cars off the road each year.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used. 4 land owners whose property will host the turbines. They will receive a share from the farm's income. Connection works for the project included a 25 kms transmission line from an existing 220kV substation in Broken Hill, operated by TransGrid and a new 220KV wind farm substation.
  • 58
    General Electric (GE) 3.43-130 turbines will be used.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: AGL Energy, EPC and O&M: Consortium comprising General Electric (GE) & Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON), Distribution:TransGrid.
  • $450 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 150
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • Aug 2013
    Planning permit approved by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.
  • 23 Dec 2016
    Approval from the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).
  • 19 Jan 2017
    Financial close announced under the PARF, AGL’s financing initiative.
  • 2Q2017
    Expected start of construction.
  • 11 May 2017
    AGL Energy has commenced construction. Project manager Adam Mackett said construction had started on time and as expected.
  • 05 Dec 2017
    Some of the longest blades - aka 'Blades of Glory' - to ever be transported in Australia began their journey to Silverton Wind Farm this morning at 4 am.
  • 26 Mar 2018
    Blades being hoisted and fitted in place.
  • May 2018
    18 of the 58 turbines erected.
  • 14 May 2018
    Production from the first two turbines is now feeding into the grid.
  • Sep 2018
    40 turbines constructed.
  • 27 Feb 2019
    Last blade on the final turbine installed.
  • 11 Jun 2019
    All 58 wind turbines are now constructed and commissioned.
  • 21 May 2020
    Project has reached full generation, nearly two years behind schedule after a series of delays and grid constraints that severely curbed its output. Its output was heavily constrained by the congestion issues in the grid.