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

Last Modified: Sat Apr 04 2020 22:31:58 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 180 MW
    planned generation capacity of the Berrybank Wind Farm (Stage - 1) located off the Hamilton Highway, 100 kms from Geelong. The project is 1 of 6 developments within the state to be awarded a supply agreement through the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme. Combined capacity of both stages 277 MW.
  • 646 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 138,000
    number of households that can be powered by the farm.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 5,000 hectares
    Approximate area available for the project. The current land use is primarily agricultural activities including grazing of sheep and cattle and crops (cereals, canola,…). The project will connect to the grid via a new 220kV overhead transmission line and a switching station into the existing 220kV Ballarat-Terang transmission line.
  • 43
    Vestas V136-4.2 MW turbines will be used in Stage - 1, 79 in all. Turbine hubs and drive trains for the project will be soured from the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH).
  • 3
    major organizations involved: Project Developer: Global Power Generation (Grupo Naturgy), EPC and O&M: Vestas, PPA: 15 year through Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme
  • $276 million
    estimated project cost
  • 237
    peak jobs during construction phase - 213 construction jobs and 24 apprenticeships. Click/Tap on 'Engage and Interact' for open job postings.
  • 14
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • Aug 2010
    Development consent granted by the Minister for Planning in 2010 for up to 99 wind turbines and associated infrastructure.
  • Feb 2018
    Approval granted for amendment to increase the size of the turbines (Mod-1), although with this amendment the project turbines will be reduced by 20.The Mod-1 amendment will increase the overall dimensions of the turbines including a new tip height for the turbines at 180 metres. The project’s total capacity to be in the order of 290-330MW, depending on the turbine model finally selected.
  • 11 Sep 2018
    The project becomes 1 of 6 developments within Victoria to be awarded a supply agreement through Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme. The support agreement with the Victorian Government consists of a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) at a regulated tariff.
  • 1Q2019
    Expected commencement of Stage 1 of the project which will include 43 turbines with a completion date of 3Q2020. Up to an additional 36 turbines will be constructed as part of Stage 2, with a commencement date to be confirmed.
  • $1.5 million
    Contribution to a community fund to help fund 13 community projects in Corangamite Shire.
  • Oct 2018
    Vestas appointed as EPC contractor for the project.
  • 27 Mar 2019
    Vestas has entered into two important partnerships in relation with a Local Investment Plan: 1) With Marand Precision Engineering for the assembly of the wind turbines hubs and drive trains of the project in Vestas´ new wind turbine manufacturing facility in Geelong and 2) With Deakin University to develop a research project that will seek carbon fibre composites to improve efficiency and drive down the cost of wind turbines.
  • 24 May 2019
    GPG announces financial closure. GPG closed the financing with VISION, a vehicle for financing onshore wind projects, launched in collaboration with JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) and Vestas Wind Systems. VISION will offer 100% financing, which will be allotted for the construction phase of the wind farm and has already obtained the required regulatory approvals.
  • 21 Jun 2019
    Start of construction marked by the sod turning ceremony. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle, Corangamite Shire Mayor Neil Trotter, Golden Plains Shire Mayor Owen Sharkey among others were in attendance.
  • 20 Mar 2020
    Vestas announces 1st of 43 turbines is installed.
  • 24 Mar 2020
    Construction activity is in full swing with 14 turbines either fully or partly erected in the last couple of weeks. Project communications officer Nathan Micallef said 84 of 172 tower sections are currently on-site awaiting installation. “There are currently 239 of the remaining 301 components on site which are all being prepared for final installation,” he said.