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

Last Modified: Mon Dec 20 2021 06:39:14 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 226.8 MW
    generation capacity of the Collector Wind Farm located on the Cullerin Range between the Hume Highway and the Collector-Gunning Road in the NSW Southern Tablelands.
  • 528 GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 80,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 450,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational - equivalent to taking approximately 100,000 cars off the road.
  • 6,200 hectares
    Land available for use, of which only around 75-100 hectares will be disturbed during construction. This location was chosen because it is in one of the windiest regions in NSW (within one of six renewable energy precincts identified by the NSW Government). There is a strong grid connection point to export the clean power generated.
  • 54
    Vestas V117-4.2MW turbines at a hub height of 91.5m will be installed.
  • 3
    major organizations involved. Project Developer: Ratch Australia Corporation, EPC and O&M: Vestas, Distribution: Infigen Energy.
  • $360 million
    estimated project cost. The Australian Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is the sole debt financier and has provided $180 million.
  • 150
    peak jobs created during construction phase.
  • 10
    FTE during operational phase.
  • $240,000
    Combined annual value of 2 community funds to be set up. RATCH-Australia will contribute $160,000 to the first of 2 funds in the first year of the wind farm’s operation and $180,000 every subsequent year until the turbines are decommissioned. RATCH-Australia will contribute $80,000 to a second fund in the first year of the wind farm’s operation and $60,000 every following year until the turbines are decommissioned.
  • May 2019
    Financial closure secured with the CEFC agreeing to provide debt funding of $180 million.
  • May 2019
    Vestas appointed as the EPC and O&M provider for the project.
  • Aug 2019
    Start of construction.
  • Oct 2019
    First concrete pour.
  • Feb 2020
    Turbine foundation excavations and concrete pours continue. Substation construction is in progress too.
  • Mar 2020
    Construction of internal access road, substation, Electrical cabling and turbine foundation excavations and concrete pours continue. Turbine component deliveries underway.
  • Mar 2020
    RATCH Australia and Infigen Energy sign an agreement for purchase of 60% of the output from the project.
  • Apr 2020
    First turbine towers erected. Turbine components continue to be delivered to site.
  • Apr 2020
    RATCH Australia announced it has entered into a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Aldi to buy 19.40% of the power generated by the project.
  • 20 Jul 2020
    28 turbines installed.
  • 10 Aug 2020
    34 turbines installed.
  • 19 Oct 2020
    Only 3 turbines out of 54 remain to be installed. This work is scheduled to be completed by mid-December. Commissioning of the other turbines is expected to start in early November.
  • 11 Nov 2020
    The project successfully deliveres its first energy into the local transmission network. This initial generation of safe, reliable, renewable electricity follows the connection of the new substation to TransGrid’s 330kv line, which runs through the site.
  • 24 Jan 2021
    All turbines are now installed project is expected to be fully operational early in 2021.
  • Jun 2021
    Project given the all-clear to run at full capacity, with all 54 of its Vestas turbines now sending power to the grid and to the project’s commercial off-takers, including supermarket giant Aldi. Developer Ratch-Australia announces the wind farm has now successfully concluded its final hold point testing results by network company TransGrid and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).