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

Last Modified: Thu Jul 02 2020 05:37:29 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 220 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Lal Lal Wind Farm, located on two sections of farmland in the Moorabool Shire: The Yendon Section (2km east of Yendon and 17km southeast of Ballarat) and the Elaine Section (2km north of Elaine and 17km south southeast of Ballarat).
  • 600 GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 95,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 780,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational.
  • 2,100
    hectares of land available for construction. 2 sections of farmland in the Moorabool Shire: the Yendon Section (2km east of Yendon) and the Elaine Section (2km north of Elaine) have been identified for the farm. The area’s strategic location will allow the wind farm to generate and export power to the national electricity market through an existing 220kV power line in proximity to the site that falls within Elaine and an existing 66kv above ground transmission line that runs through the Yendon section.
  • 60
    wind turbines will be installed.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: WestWind Energy, EPC and O&M:Vestas and Zenviron, PPA: Orora Packaging
  • $400 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 192
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 18
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • Apr 2018
    Expected start of construction with an estimated completion in 18 months.
  • 28 Mar 2017
    Lal Lal Wind Farm given green light from planning minister
  • 24 May 2017
    WestWind announced it had sold off the project for an undisclosed sum to investment group Macquarie International.
  • Mar 2018
    Small civil works commence.
  • 18 Jun 2018
    Macquarie sells 40% of stake to Global infrastructure investment firm InfraRed Capital Partners and another 40% to Northleaf Capital, a Canadian investment group.
  • 19 Jun 2018
    Orora Packaging signs a 10 year offtake agreement too meet a massive 80% of its Australian energy needs from the project. The PPA involves arrangements between Orora, the owners of the Lal Lal wind farm (Macquarie Capital, InfraRed Capital Partners and Northleaf Capital) and Nephila Climate and Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality's alternative risk transfer unit. The effect of these arrangements, which include a proxy revenue swap, is to provide Orora with a fixed volume PPA in relation to electricity demand for its Victorian and New South Wales operations.
  • 26 Jun 2018
    Vestas awarded the EPC and O&M contract for the project. Vestas will supply, commission and service the V136-3.6MW turbines, delivered in 3.8MW power optimised mode and a hub height of 93 meters, as well as source towers locally to generate renewable jobs in Victoria. Vestas will source 80 tower sections for the project from Victorian-based renewable energy components producer, Keppel Prince Engineering.
  • 31 Jul 2018
    Following a noise assessment, 19 wind turbines will run in noise curtailment mode. The noise curtailment mode will be configured depending on wind direction, wind speed and time of day. This criteria will be programmed into the wind turbine generator’s controller and automated.
  • Aug 2018
    Construction of turbines commences.
  • Sep 2018
    13 turbine excavations completed and 12 turbine foundations prepared. Yendon switching station installed.
  • Nov 2018
    26 turbine excavations completed. 18 turbine foundations concreted poured. Arrival of large main erection cranes on site. 12 WTG foundation backfills completed. First of the turbine components start to make their way to site.
  • Dec 2018
    Turbine construction commence.
  • Feb 2019
    Construction of 2 turbines completed with a number of turbine towers still under construction.
  • Jun 2019
    Yendon section of the project connected to the National Electricity Market mid-way through June.
  • Jul 2019
    All 38 turbines now been erected at the Yendon site. 3 out of 22 turbines erected at Elaine.
  • Apr 2020
    Elaine section, which includes 22 turbines, achieves "generator registration" under the National Electricity Rules and is now generating "on a commercial scale", according to a Lal Lal spokesperson. However, work is still required to complete commissioning on the project - one turbine seen on Monday had no blades attached (turbine on the right in the image).