Help­ing de­liver Vic­to­ria’s re­new­able fu­ture

The Australian Energy Review - - ACCIONA: MT GELLIBRAND -

WBHO In­fra­struc­ture is on course to com­plete civil works for two Vic­to­rian wind farms in the com­ing months: Mount Gel­li­brand and Yaloak South Wind Farms.

Col­lec­tively, the two wind farms will pro­vide clean en­ergy to 100,000 house­holds, and con­struc­tion has de­liv­ered jobs boosts for re­gional Vic­to­ria.

The pro­jects rep­re­sent WBHO’s lat­est de­liv­ery in re­new­able en­ergy, which has be­come a key growth sec­tor for the busi­ness, with nu­mer­ous wind and so­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties be­ing pur­sued across all Aus­tralian states.

De­spite Mount Gel­li­brand Wind Farm’s am­bi­tious seven-month pro­gram for civil works, WBHO and its de­liv­ery part­ner Civilex are on course for early de­liv­ery, with foun­da­tions for the 44 tur­bines, 27km of in­ter­nal roads and 5km ex­ter­nal road up­grades all ahead of sched­ule.

Com­mis­sion­ing and com­ple­tion is ex­pected in De­cem­ber 2017 – the same month that Yalaok South works fin­ish.

WBHO’s “lo­cal first” pro­cure­ment pol­icy has pri­ori­tised ben­e­fit­ting lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses.

Mount Gel­li­brand, 25km east of Co­lac, has cre­ated or re­tained 40 jobs, and achieved 99 per cent lo­cal con­tent for sub­con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers, with most sub­con­trac­tors based within 50km of site. Sim­i­larly, Yaloak South Wind Farm, 80km north­west of Mel­bourne, has de­liv­ered op­por­tu­ni­ties to more than 30 lo­cal sub­con­trac­tors.

With re­new­able en­ergy a pri­or­ity sec­tor for WBHO, the busi­ness will con­tinue to help de­liver em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and clean en­ergy for Vic­to­ria, and across Aus­tralia.

The Yaloak South Wind Farm is due for com­ple­tion in De­cem­ber.

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