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

Last Modified: Wed Apr 28 2021 08:01:33 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 110 MW
    generation capacity of the Biala Wind Farm located approximately 8 km east of Biala and 14.5 km south west of Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.
  • ? GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 46,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational.
  • 1,936 hectares
    of rural agricultural land available for the farm, however, the actual footprint of the wind farm will span 5% or less of this total area. The project will connect to the Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm (also owned by BJCE) substation/switchyard via underground electricity cable, which is located 12 km away.
  • 31
    Goldwind 3.5MW wind turbines, with a height from the base of the tower to the highest tip of the rotor blades of 180m (ground to blade tip). The turbine towers will be connected to concrete foundations buried in the ground. There will be a small set of electrical switchgear located next to each wind turbine.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy (BJCE), EPC and O&M: Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) Australia, CATCON Distributor: TBD
  • Aug 2019
    Commencement of construction.
  • $200 million
    estimated project cost.
  • ?
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • 12 Apr 2017
    Project granted planning consent by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, with no objections received.
  • $90,000
    Amount that will be contributed into a fund for community projects each year once the farm is operational.
  • Oct 2017
    BJCE Australia acquires the project from Newtricity Developments Pty Ltd (Newtricity).
  • 27 Jun 2018
    BJCE announces appointment of construction contractors. Consolidated Power Projects Australia has been appointed for the electrical works and CATCON appointed for the civil works. Turbine supply and installation will be completed by Goldwind Australia. Long term operations and maintenance services for the project will be carried out by BJCE Australia.
  • 05 Aug 2019
    Start of construction.
  • 22 Nov 2019
    Commencement of trenching and cable laying works for the underground electricity transmission line to connect Biala Wind Farm to the existing substation at Gullen Range Wind Farm.
  • 25 Mar 2020
    First turbines arrive at the site. Turbine components and 68.7 metre long wind turbine blades travelled roughly 233km from Port Kembla to the site 8km east of the township of Biala in the state’s Southern Tablelands.
  • 20 Apr 2020
    Completion of the erection of the first of the 31 wind turbines. Erection involves lifting the five tower sections one after the other, then the nacelle. The three blades are connected to the hub on the ground to form the rotor, which is then lifted in one piece to complete the turbine. The turbines will continue to be erected at a rate of approximately one turbine per week.
  • 22 Apr 2020
    The third shipment of Biala Wind Farm wind turbines arrived at Port Kembla last week. The cargo included eight complete wind turbines, including 24 blades – each 70m long, with a combined weight of 574,800kg (net weight 486,000kg).
  • 30 Apr 2020
    2 of 31 turbines fully installed.
  • Aug 2020
    Crookwell High & Public were lucky to be treated to a Biala Wind Farm blade viewing. The 69 m blade was the last blade to be delivered and the school was lucky to have it detour for students to get an up-close on the truck!
  • Dec 2020
    BJCE announces that 10 of the project’s completed Goldwind turbines are generating electricity already at the site, while a further 17 are ready to power up, and commissioning is underway for another 14. The developer also announces completion of construction of all 31 turbines.
  • Apr 2021
    Project reaches a major milestone, with all 31 turbines now commissioned and ready to operate. At the moment, BCJE is able to operate only 10 turbines at a time, while waiting for further approvals from the Australian Electricity Market Operator and TransGrid. Comprehensive testing and computer modelling is being undertaken as part of these approvals.