Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Wed Jun 03 2020 06:30:55 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 530 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Stockyard Hill wind farm located approximately 35 km west of Ballarat in Victoria's central highlands (Pyrenees Shire).
  • ? GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 400,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 2 million tonnes
    estimated annual reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used for the wind farm. The project is located within an agricultural district, with the majority of the site being used largely for grazing and cropping. The project will connect to the grid via a 78 km of Transmission Line and a 500kV Haunted Gully Terminal Station.
  • 149
    Goldwind GW3 wind turbines - 3.57 MW each - will be erected on 100 mt high steel towers.
  • 2
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Goldwind, Nebras Power, EPC and O&M: Goldwind, Distributor: Origin Energy
  • $100 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 300
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 30
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • 2019
    Expected commissioning of the wind farm. Preliminary work is expected to commence on site in Dec 2017 (with appointment of SNC - Lavalin as contractors) and with full construction expected to be underway in the first quarter of 2018.
  • 11 Feb 2011
    Federal Government approval for the farm.
  • 08 May 2017
    Sale of farm by Origin Energy to Goldwind Australia for $110 million
  • 08 May 2017
    As part of the sale, Origin Energy agreed to buy all of the power generated by the farm, and the associated Renewable Energy Certificates, for less than $60/MWh, from the commencement of operations in 2019 to 2030.
  • 14 Jun 2017
    Green light given by the state government - Planning Minister Richard Wynne approved a planning amendment which would see the number of turbines drop from 157 to 149, with an increased height of up to 180 metres.
  • 21 Dec 2017
    Financial closure achieved. Goldwind announces that it had executed documents for project financing for construction of the wind farm, through a nine-member domestic and international bank syndicate led by National Australia Bank (NAB).
  • 21 Dec 2017
    Goldwind appoints a SNC-Lavalin WBHO Joint Venture as the preferred contractor. SNC-Lavalin, in joint venture with WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd. (WBHO), will undertake the engineering design, procurement and construction of all electrical infrastructure on the project in addition to site-wide infrastructure civil works; access roads, hardstands, foundations, public road upgrades, and internal access roads.
  • 17 May 2018
    Connection agreement signed with local grid owner AusNet Services and the Australian Energy Market Operator. Per the agreement, AusNet will spend $140 million on new network infrastructure. This will include a new transmission line which will run 70 km south of the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm to a new 500 kilovolt (kV) terminal station and network interface.
  • 23 May 2018
    The final plans with amendment for 149-turbines officially endorsed, bringing to an end more than a decade of planning and speculation. Goldwind Australia’s managing director Mr John Titchen said the final seal of approval meant construction could now start.
  • 14 Jun 2018
    Sod turning ceremony marks the official start of construction.
  • 19 Sep 2018
    Concrete pouring for foundation of first turbine commences.
  • Dec 2018
    Construction works continue to advance with 36 foundations poured and approximately 35 kms of access tracks completed. The underground cabling program has also commenced and is progressing well.
  • Jan 2019
    Monash Department of Civil Engineering installing bridge monitoring for Victoria Roads to support the heavy haul moves destined for the project site.
  • 24 Jan 2019
    100+ tonne turbine sections make way to the project site through a small bridge. Monash Department of Civil Engineering and Structures Group have been providing Real-time bridge performance monitoring for Victoria Roads.
  • 07 Feb 2019
    Erection of first turbine completed.
  • 18 Feb 2019
    Geelong Port takes delivery of a massive Toshiba made 14m x 5m transformer from Shanghai and will be bound for to a terminal station is Lismore where it will be installed by AusNet Services
  • Mar 2019
    Nexans and Marais Laying Technologies Australia announce the start of laying of connector cables. The consortium was awarded a contract worth $20 million to design, manufacture, supply, install and test 275 km of 33 kV collector cables.
  • Apr 2019
    Construction of transmission assets at the Haunted Gully Terminal Station continue with arrival of the massive transformer after is 3 day journey through rural Victoria.
  • Apr 2019
    AFR reports Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets is working with Qatar based Nebras Power - a newcomer to Australia's energy sector - in a joint bid for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in Victoria. It is understood the duo lobbed a bid for the Goldwind Australia-owned Stockyard Hill, which is up for sale in auction run by KPMG, and is seen as one of the lead contenders to buy the wind farm.
  • 03 May 2019
    A lot of excitement at the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm blade viewing event held earlier today. Local kids even got to sign their names on the huge piece of kit!
  • 14 May 2019
    Work at the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm’s terminal station near Lismore ramped with the construction of six lattice towers at the site.
  • Oct 2019
    Testing of 500 kilovolt (kV) circuit breakers is now under way at the terminal station.
  • 14 Nov 2019
    Transmission assets energised! Designed, built and owned by Mondo, the energisation of these transmission assets represents the culmination of 18 months’ work for the delivery team, and 14 months of prior planning and design work for the development team. Mondo recognised the contributions of its numerous delivery partners, particularly Zinfra and Jacobs, who supported Mondo in delivering this key piece of Victorian infrastructure.
  • 13 Jan 2020
    Nebras Power Investment Management B.V. announces completion of 49% equity stake acquisition in the project.
  • Apr 2020
    Toohey Form-Crete, based in Ballarat, wraps up work after approximately 18 months on site as part of the wind farm’s ongoing construction. Toohey’s Form-Crete played a pivotal role in forming and pouring foundations for the 149 Goldwind turbines for the wind farm. Construction is ongoing at the project and 69 of the turbines have been installed to date.
  • 02 Jun 2020
    1st turbine begins sending power to the grid. So far a total of 90 Goldwind 3S turbines have been installed at the site in Western Victoria. 1st of the project’s 3 substations have been energised, enabling the 1st turbine to be commissioned and deliver electricity into the national electricity market. The remaining two substations are expected to be fully commissioned and energised in June.