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

Last Modified: Fri Jun 19 2020 04:21:05 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 80 MW
    planned generation capacity of Pacific Hydro's Crowlands Wind Farm located 27 km north east of Ararat, in Western Victoria.
  • 264 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year. 88 GWh, or 1/3 of the output, has been purchased by a 14 member consortium called the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP).
  • 17,600
    Average number of households that can be powered by the output procured by the MREP.
  • 96,800 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • ? hectares
    Approximate project area covered by the farm.
  • 39
    turbines will be used. 29 turbine towers will be sourced from E&A, which is a steel fabrication company based at Whyalla in South Australia and 10 from Victoria based Keppel Prince Engineering.
  • 17
    major organisations involved: 1) Project Developer: Pacific Hydro, 2) EPC and O&M: Senvion 3) Distribution: Tango Energy. The 14 members of MREP include: City of Melbourne, University of Melbourne, RMIT, Federation Square, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra, Moreland City Council, Bank Australia, Zoos Victoria, Citywide, National Australia Bank, Australia Post, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and NEXTDC.
  • $200 million
    estimated project cost
  • 140
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 8
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • 23 Nov 2017
    MREP formally signs PPA for offtake of 88 GWh of output from the farm.
  • 22 Mar 2018
    Energy company Pacific Hydro marks the start of construction for with donation of a $18,000 battery and solar system to Crowlands Hall instead of spending money on sod turning ceremony..
  • 17 May 2018
    won key financial backing from two of the big-four Australian banks, NAB and the CBA. The project’s financial adviser, Planum Partners said the project had reached financial close on $80 million of non-recourse project financing, provided by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank Limited.
  • Jul 2018
    Most of the civil works to establish roads and hardstands are now complete. 8 concrete foundations are now complete. These have been constructed using concrete from the on-site batching plant, and quarry products sourced from local suppliers. Each foundation used over 750 tonnes of concrete, which is more than 50 truckloads.
  • 24 Jul 2018
    The first Senvion components arrive at the Port of Portland in Victoria.
  • 27 Jul 2018
    MPC Kinetic's renewables team achieves a couple of major milestones with the completion of the first section of foundation pours.
  • 22 Aug 2018
    Turbines en route to the project site!
  • 24 Aug 2018
    The first Nacelle delivered to site. The Nacelle houses all of the generating components in a wind turbine including the generator, gear box and drive train.
  • 24 Aug 2018
    The first Hub delivered to site. The Hub is what connects the wind turbine blades to the main shaft and the rest of the drive train.
  • 25 Sep 2018
    The first turbine nears completion with the blades and hub (the rotor) being assembled. 26 of the 39 wind turbine foundations have also been poured.
  • 29 Nov 2018
    All turbine foundations are complete and 16 turbines constructed.
  • Dec 2018
    Energisation of the project's 33/200kV substation is completed on time - testimony to great team work between Senvion, MPC Kinetic and RJ Engineering.
  • 01 Jan 2019
    21 of the wind farm’s 39 turbines are now operating, and the wind farm starts supplying power to the grid. All 14 MREP partners are now drawing their share of electricity from the project!
  • Mar 2019
    The North Section of the wind farm is complete with all turbines commissioned & generating power. Construction of the Southern Section is pictured. Only 7 turbines to go until the wind farm is complete!
  • Sep 2020
    Planned full commercial use date, however all MREP partners are drawing power from the project.