WINDS OF CHANGE FOR COOPERS GAP
First of 123 turbines installed as huge project takes shape:
THE Coopers Gap wind farm has started to take shape and will soon become one of the biggest wind farms in the country.
Once complete, Coopers Gap Wind Farm will house 123 wind turbines, making it the biggest wind farm in the state.
Hundreds of workers at the Coopers Gap Wind Farm site were excited to see the fruits of their labour take shape, with the completion of the first wind turbine tower last month.
AGL general manager of development and construction Dave Johnson said the turbine was a great milestone for the project.
“Projects like this involve enormous efforts by many stakeholders,” he said.
Once fully complete, the Coopers Gap Wind Farm will generate enough renewable energy to power about 264,000 Australian homes.
The 110m tall turbines were taken from the Port of Brisbane to Coopers Gap in 30m tower sections.
However this was a small feat compared to the logistical challenge of transporting the 67.2m long blades to the site.
AGL Manager on site Ray King said managing roadworks along major routes was an example of things which needed to be constantly managed throughout the construction.
“We are dealing with things like the safe relocation of the traffic lights, to ensure our blades are arriving to the site safely,” Mr King said.
“Nobody said it was going to be easy to get hundreds of turbines out of Brisbane and up the range and we are still working towards a late 2019 completion date.”
UP SHE GOES: One of the 123 wind turbines at Coopers Gap.
A look at the Coopers Gap wind farm.