Wind farm roadwork
Cattle Hill in Central Highlands upgrades
TEN million dollars worth of road upgrades will allow for the delivery of wind turbines at Goldwind’s Cattle Hill Wind Farm in the Central Highlands.
The proponent has appointed Launceston company Gradco to undertake road upgrades for the 48-turbine project.
Construction of the 48-turbine project began recently, with the project aiming to be fully operational in 2019.
The project is expected to have up to 150 jobs on site during construction peaks.
The project will also provide secondary local industry participation through accommodation, construction support services and consumables.
Once operational, the project is expected to employ up to 10 permanent staff and provide opportunities for ongoing supply and service contracts.
Goldwind project manager Ronan Creedon said Gradco would soon start works in the Central Highlands between the Midland Highway and the project site at Lake Echo.
“Upgrades to the existing roads will include works such as realignments, shoulder widening, embankment adjustments, causeway and bridge upgrades and installation of safety furniture,” Mr Creedon said.
“The works are required to allow for the delivery of overdimensional loads of tower components, nacelles, turbine blades, main power transformer and associated equipment to the project site. The works will ramp up shortly and continue into the new year.”
Central Highlands Mayor Lou Triffitt said the project was already providing a huge boost for the municipality.
“A number of people have found work as a result of the project,” she said. “It’s proven to create employment for our residents. Things appear to be going very well.”
A wind farm information centre was opened last month and a local industry briefing was held to keep local businesses in the loop
Energy Minister Guy Barnett said the State Government was committed to its goal of establishing a fully self-sufficient Tasmania.
“The Liberal Government’s Tasmania-First Energy policy has an ambitious target of Tasmania becoming fully self-sufficient with renewable energy by 2022, and achieving the lowest regulated prices in the same time frame,” Mr Barnett said.
“This project takes Tasmania one step closer to achieving those goals and improving the lives of all Tasmanians who will enjoy lower power prices.”