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Project Information
Wattle Point Wind Farm is 15 Km South-East of Yorketown on Southern Yorke Peninsula. It Consists of 55 Wind Turbines set on an area covering 17.5 Square Kilometers. These turbines have a total Capacity of 91MW which is enough renewable energy for up to 55,000 Homes and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 360,000 tonnes. The total cost of this project is $180 million

Construction
Construction on this project started in July 2004 and was completed in May 2005 with the official opening held on June 16 2005. The first turbine was assembled on the 30th November 2004, with each concrete foundation consisting of approximately 230 cubic metres. The turbines were lifted with the use of a Large Lattice boom crawler crane which has a lifting capacity of 600 Tonnes.



Wind Turbines

Tower Height
68m
Blade Length
41m
Rotor Diameter
82m
Blade Rotation Speed
14.4 rpm
Weight of blades
7.5 tonnes
Weight of nacelle
51 tonnes
Towers Each tower comprises three sections - top (27 tonnes), middle (25 tonnes) and bottom (37 tonnes). The towers are hollow with an internal access ladder for maintenance.
Blades Blades are made from fibreglass-reinforced polyester

 

Employment
Up to 160 people have been working on the wind farm site with 50% of the entire site workforce from the local Yorke Peninsula area. Local contractors are employed by the sub-contractors to assist with site works including concreting, electrical work, mechanical services, maintenance, grading of tracks, transportation, fencing and security. The site office utilises local services such as cleaning contractors, rubbish collectors and deliveries/courier services.

Partners

Turbine manufacture & supply Vestas/NEG Micon, Denmark
Cranage KR Wind
Shipping (Overall) Baltship
Shipping (Australian Agent) OBM
Shipping (Road Haulage) Rex Andrews
Civil/Structural Design Meinhardt, Melbourne
Electrical Design Burns & Rowe Worley, Melbourne
Statcon Design & Supply NEG Micon Control Systems, Denmark
Civil Works Built Environs
22 kV Electrical Reticulation United KG, Adelaide
Substation Construction United KG, Adelaide
132 kV Transmission Line ETSA Utilities
Towers & Embeds Keppel Prince, Portland
Towers Air Ride, Adelaide

 

 


 

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