Wind West Energy to build $1.7b wind farm west of Melbourne

Plans have been submitted for a wind farm, which if approved, would be the largest in the southern hemisphere.

The Golden Plains Wind Farm will be built about 130km west of Melbourne, on 167 square kilometres of farmland near Rokewood in south-west Victoria.

The scope of construction work will cover 228 wind turbines, each around 230 metres tall.

To put that into context, the wind farm currently the largest in Victoria comprises 140 turbines that are up to 140 metres high.

According to proponents, West Wind Energy, the proposed wind farm will produce up to 3500 gigawatt-hours of energy a year.

The project has an estimated construction cost of $1.7 billion.

The project has been in development since 2006, but has only now been submitted for approval.

“We anticipate a decision on development approval from the Victorian Minister for Planning will be made in the fourth quarter of 2018,” Tobias Geiger, West Wind Managing Director,  said.

“Once a planning permit is secured we will be submitting an application for grid connection and working to secure development financing.

“All things going according to plan, we envisage that construction will commence in early 2020.”

West Wind Energy hopes to begin construction next year and to be operational by 2021.

The wind farm would be decommissioned and pulled down some time after 2050.


Source: Projectory