Tur­bine hub for Gee­long

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GLOBAL wind tur­bine leader Ves­tas will build a man­u­fac­tur­ing base in Gee­long as part of a re­new­able en­ergy hub an­nounced by the Dan­ish com­pany on Thurs­day.

The project is set to sup­ply tur­bines to ma­jor wind farm de­vel­op­ments at Ber­ry­bank, about 80km west of Gee­long, and Dun­don­nell, near Mort­lake.

The re­new­able en­ergy hub will in­clude a sup­port cen­tre and a spe­cial­ist fa­cil­ity to house the largest tur­bine spare parts in Gee­long, mak­ing wind tur­bine as­sem­blies in part­ner­ship with lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers.

A part­ner­ship with Deakin Uni­ver­sity’s Car­bon Nexus will re­search the next gen­er­a­tion of car­bon fi­bre to make more ef­fi­cient wind tur­bines.

The Ves­tas Re­new­able En­ergy Hub, which is ex­pected to cre­ate more than 25 jobs, was an­nounced in Gee­long by Ves­tas Wind Sys­tems global CEO An­ders Runevad and Vic­to­rian En­ergy Min­is­ter Lily D’Am­bro­sio.

“As a premier re­gional port with a highly skilled work­force and world-class re­search fa­cil­ity, Gee­long was the log­i­cal choice for our in­vest­ment,” Mr Runevad said.

Ves­tas has a con­tract to sup­ply the Ber­ry­bank project and was re­cently nom­i­nated as the pre­ferred sup­plier for Dun­don­nell.

The Ber­ry­bank wind farm, in­volv­ing 43 tur­bines, and the Dun­don­nell wind farm, with 80 tur­bines, will cost more than $1 bil­lion.

Ves­tas’ Aus­tralian head, Peter Cowl­ing, said the com­pany was still mak­ing ar­range­ments with a lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing part­ner, with ne­go­ti­a­tions to de­ter­mine where to site the man­u­fac­tur­ing plant — a $3 mil­lion to $3.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment.

Mr Cowl­ing said he hoped the re­new­able en­ergy hub would be op­er­at­ing in the first half of next year, with the wind farms due to be in the ground by the mid­dle of 2020.

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