Bulgana Green Power Hub, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Sun Jun 21 2020 05:43:40 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 214 MW
    planned installed capacity of Neoen's Bulgana Green Power Hub located in in the Wimmera region of central-western Victoria, approximately 200 km northwest of Melbourne and 11 km north-east of Stawell. The hub will comprise of a 194 MW wind farm along with 20 MW / 34 MWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery storage.
  • 740 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 130,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year. Around 10% of the output of the farm will be consumed by high tech glass houses in the nearby Nectar Farm.
  • ?
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year - equivalent to taking either 230,000 cars off the road or planting 1.2 million trees
  • ?
    hectares of land within the existing wind farm range will be used.
  • 56
    Siemens Gamesa SG 3.4-132 turbines will be used along with 20 MW / 34 MWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) Tesla battery storage.
  • 10
    major organizations involved: 1) Project Developer: Neoen, 2) EPC and O&M: Siemens Gamesa, 3) PPA: Nectar Farms (10%), Victoria State Govt., 4) Turbines: Siemens, 5) Other Services: Costa, Kubo, Lumigrow, Osborn Consulting Engineers, Ampcontrol and Georgiou
  • $350 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 800
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 19
    jobs during operational phase.
  • Mar 2015
    Project plan approved by Northern Grampians Shire Council.
  • 01 Jan 2017
    Neoen purchases the farm from Enerfin.
  • 2018
    Planned start of construction with completion expected in mid 2019.
  • 27 Jun 2017
    After months of negotiation between the Nectar Farms, the state government, the local council and Neoen, it was agreed that Nectar would source its power (around 10%) from the farm.
  • 29 Dec 2017
    15 year 'support agreement' signed between Victoria state govt and Neoen - thus enabling the latter to move ahead with construction. The support agreement will be a mechanism for ensuring revenue certainty for renewable energy projects.
  • 04 Jan 2018
    Victoria’s largest energy delivery service, AusNet Services, secures agreement to develop the transmission connection. The connection will include a transmission line and a terminal station linking to AusNet’s Victorian network.
  • 10 Apr 2018
    Neoen awards contract to Siemens Gamesa for construction and maintenance. Under the contract, Siemens Gamesa will build the entire complex on an EPC basis and then maintain it for 25 years.
  • 26 Apr 2018
    Community fund established to provide financial support to community projects in the Northern Grampians and the surrounding region. The Fund, which will be distributed by Northern Grampians Shire Council on behalf of Neoen Australia, has a pool of $120,000 and consists of small grants up to $5,000 and large grants up to $20,000.
  • Apr 2018
    Planned start of construction.
  • 16 May 2018
    The first sod on the project turned by Victoria energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio, marking the official commencement of construction
  • 02 Aug 2018
    Siemens awards a contract to Keppel Prince for the supply of 22 turbines.
  • Jan 2019
    First turbines being delivered to site. Managing director of Neoen Australia Franck Woitiez said the first of the 56 wind turbines is now being installed, with construction across the wider site continuing to build momentum.
  • 12 Feb 2019
    First of the 56 wind turbines being erected in a big milestone moment for the project. The 1st tower was erected on Landsborough Road, Landsborough, and an additional 11 towers will be pre-constructed by the end of the week. Kara Kara Ward Councillor, Tony Driscoll said, “The Bulgana Green Power Hub has certainly made excellent progress recently with the first tower going up and more being constructed as we speak.”
  • Aug 2019
    All 56 wind turbines now constructed and in place, and the demobilising of plant equipment from the site to occur over the next two to three weeks. Commissioning of the Bulgana Wind Farm is hoped for mid-October, which will then kick start the next steps of the Bulgana Green Power Hub transforming into the Nectar Farms glasshouse, which is currently awaiting the first stage building permit from council.
  • Oct 2019
    Commissioning does not proceed as planned and the project joins a list of many in north west Victoria and south west NSW that are facing delays. The delays have been blamed on system strength issues in a weak part of the grid and a bottleneck of new renewable projects, but the issue has frustrated the Victoria government so much it is now taking unilateral action that it hopes will allow it to circumvent National Electricity Rules which it blames for causing many of the problems.
  • Feb 2020
    Neoen indicates it will seek "liquidated damages" for delays to the project.
  • 15 May 2020
    Global Roam reports spotting the first output earlier this week, with a modest 1MW of production going into the grid. There is no sign yet of any activity from the new battery. Neoen had passed on some of the revenue losses to its contractor under so-called Liquidated Damages, but these contracts tend to have “caps”, which means the owner ends up taking losses itself if the delay is substantial.
  • May 2020
    Grid compliance testing and ramp-up of generation started and ongoing. Early Jun 2020 will likely see the wind turbines turning as an approval to commence generation has now been obtained. The construction of the wind turbines and the associated electrical infrastructure connecting the wind turbines to the grid are complete and energized. Energy generation from the turbines has begun and will gradually ramp up as the grid compliance tests are completed in accordance with the approval and commissioning plans.