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

Last Modified: Sun May 31 2020 08:25:13 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 135 MW
    planned installed capacity of the CWP Renewable's Crudine Ridge wind farm located near Pyramul, 45 km south of Mudgee in the Central West, NSW.
  • 400 GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year. The farm will connect to the existing 132kV TransGrid transmission line approximately 15 km east of the substation site.
  • 52,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 325,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used. 19 host landowners will benefit from rental income throughout the life of the Project and Neighbour Agreements will help distribute funds to others in the local community.
  • 37
    GE 3.6-137 wind turbine generators will be used.
  • 7
    major organisations involved: a) Project Developer: Partners Group, CWP Renewables, b) EPC and O&M: GE and Zenviron, c) Distributor: Meridian Energy, Powershop Energy, Origin Energy
  • $250 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 75
    peak jobs during construction phase. (Click/Tap for job openings in this project).
  • ?
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • $160,000
    in regional benefits, each year, expected from the project through contributionto Community Enhancement Funds established with Mid-western and Bathurst Regional Councils, as well as upgrades to over 20 km of local Council roads.
  • Apr 2018
    Expected start of construction with planned start of operations in 2019.
  • 10 May 2016
    Development Consent issued after PAC approval.
  • 04 Apr 2017
    The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy approved the project.
  • 01 Feb 2018
    Power Purchase Agreement signed with power retailer Powershop Australia (part of Meridian Energy) for part of the output from the farm.
  • 02 Feb 2018
    NSW Planning Assessment Commission grants approval.
  • 15 Feb 2018
    Tenders released today for a broad range of works on the project. Project construction will be delivered by a consortium involving GE Renewable Energy and Zenviron. GE Renewable Energy will supply the wind turbine generators and Zenviron will execute the onsite construction activities, turbine component transport and also turbine erection activities.
  • 25 May 2018
    Project secures the backing of Westpac Banking Corp and Japan's SMBC and the government's CEFC ($38 million), in a debt deal due to close on 01 Jun.
  • 29 May 2018
    The joint venture between Zenviron Pty Ltd and GE Renewable Energy awarded a $200 million contract for works on the project.Under their contract, Zenviron will undertake the design and construction of the civil and electrical balance-of-plant works as well as the transportation and erection of the 37 wind turbines. On the other hand, GE will be manufacturing the wind turbines and deliver them to port. GE will also provide commissioning and technical assistance for the wind farm.
  • Aug 2018
    Sydney Airport signs a contract with Origin Energy that will result in three-quarters of its electricity supply coming from the project. Origin will directly contract with Crudine Ridge and then guarantee the supply to Sydney Airport with “firming” generation or contracts when the wind is not blowing enough to meet the airports needs.
  • Aug 2018
    Local residents upset as number of trees are felled to make way to turbine blades to the project site. Residents lodged concerns that tree clearing limits had been breached and CWP voluntarily stopped work on 21 Aug to allow the NSW Department of Planning and Environment [NSWDPE] to investigate.
  • Oct 2018
    Development begins at site. Initial works will see 50 kms of new internal access roads constructed, along with internal electrical reticulation, temporary construction compounds, rock crushing facilities, a concrete batching plant, a substation, an operations and maintenance facility, approximately 15 kms of overhead transmission line and a switching station.
  • 12 Dec 2018
    Construction halted at the farm after the NSW Department of Planning and Environment threatened to take legal action after it found that CWP Renewables had breached its conditions of consent by commencing construction of the wind farm without first upgrading the nearby Aarons Pass Road. All plant and equipment at the Crudine Ridge Wind Farm removed following a stop work order on the project and a $15,000 penalty notice issued to CWP Renewables.
  • 17 Dec 2018
    CWP announces a planning modification for the project that will allow for urgent upgrades to Aarons Pass Road to be completed, making it safer for all road users. It will also cap the total number of turbines at 37 and means an additional 30 ha of vegetation will be retained.
  • Jun 2019
    The Independent Planning Commission approves changes to the development consent for the project which will a decrease in the number of turbines from 77 to 37 and an increase in the amount of vegetation clearing permitted along Aarons Pass Road.
  • Dec 2019
    Rotor blades and other components arrive at Port of Newcastle.
  • 26 May 2020
    1st Wind Turbine Foundation completed.