High­lands wind farm deal signed

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - ALEX LUT­TRELL

TAS­MA­NIA’S elec­tric­ity util­ity has signed off on an agree­ment with an in­ter­na­tional wind tur­bine man­u­fac­turer to build a wind farm in the state’s Cen­tral High­lands.

TasNet­works and Gold­wind yes­ter­day signed the con­nec­tion agree­ment for the $300 mil­lion Wild Cat­tle Hill wind farm project, near Wad­damana.

The agree­ment sets out the con­di­tions through which the in­fra­struc­ture is able to suc­cess­fully con­nect to TasNet­works’ trans­mis­sion net­work, with the wind farm to gen­er­ate 144MW.

The con­struc­tion of the wind farm, which con­sists of up to 49 tur­bines, is sched­uled to start early next year. Com­ple­tion is ex­pected by 2019.

TasNet­works said the wind farm would con­trib­ute to Tas­ma­nia’s en­ergy se­cu­rity and in­crease the state’s re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity by more than 5 per cent — meet­ing na­tional tar­gets.

The project is ex­pected to cre­ate 150 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion, with the farm to em­ploy up to 10 per­ma­nent main­te­nance staff when fully op­er­a­tional.

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