WINDS OF CHANGE FOR COOP­ERS GAP

First of 123 tur­bines in­stalled as huge project takes shape:

South Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Matt Collins Matt.Collins @south­bur­nett­times.com.au

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.”

PHO­TOS: MATT COLLINS

UP SHE GOES: One of the 123 wind tur­bines at Coop­ers Gap.

A look at the Coop­ers Gap wind farm.

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