The Australian construction and engineering company Zinfra has just won a construction contract for Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, on behalf of Australian energy company AusNet Services.
Stockyard Hill Wind Farm is located on farmland approximately 5km south of Ballarat, Victoria. The wind farm is expected to host a total capacity of around 530MW from 149 turbines. After completion, Stockyard Hill Wind Farm will be the largest wind farm in Australia and is expected to provide electricity for up to 391,000 Victorian homes.
100 people are expected to be employed by the construction and engineering company at peak times during the construction process of the transmission line and terminal station.
Preliminary works have already commenced on this project and Zinfra is expected to mobilise on site by July 2018. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
“We are thrilled to be working on this significant project for AusNet Services, leveraging our core capability in the power sector, into the renewables sector,” commented Zinfra General Manager Projects, Paul Birighitti.
When talking about the importance of Stockyard Hill Wind Farm earlier this year, AusNet Services’ Executive General Manager of Commercial Energy Services, Chad Hymas, shared that AusNet is ‘proud’ to be making a meaningful contribution to wind farm development in Australia.
“This is a win-win for the community, business and the environment as it supports central western Victoria’s energy supply system, accelerates local business and contributes towards job growth in the area during the construction phase,” Mr Hymas said in May.
Zinfra’s contract includes:
- the complete construction of 70km of the 132kV transmission line connecting the three Wind Farm Collector Substations to the Greenfield Terminal Station at Haunted Gully
- procurement for all the materials associated with the 132kV transmission line
- complete construction of the 500kV/132kV Haunted Gully Terminal Station including all civil, structural and electrical works
- construction of the interface works and cut-over to re-align the existing 500kV transmission line (the main connection between VIC and SA) as well as connecting the Haunted Gully Terminal Station.