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- With the last of 35 foundations poured at the end of January at ACCIONA’s Mortlake South Wind Farm, the project reach another milestone on Friday with the unveiling of the main power transformer.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio was joined by ACCIONA Energy Managing Director, Brett Wickham, and Wilson Transformer Managing Director, Ed Wilson to view the transformer at Wilson’s local manufacturing facility in Glen Waverley.
Wilson Transformers was awarded the $2 million contract to deliver the transformer for the Mortlake South Wind Farm, which was one of six successful projects announced in September 2018 as part of the Victorian Government’s Renewable Energy Target (VRET) reverse auction.
The 200-tonne transformer will be transported under Vic Roads supervision to the project site, where it will then be installed in the sub-station and play a critical role to facilitate the export of electricity from the wind turbines to the electricity grid.
“We are extremely proud of this project”, said Mr Wickham, “as it has provided an opportunity for people to work in construction locally. On this project, 92% – 93% of the workforce during civil construction have been local, coming from areas such as Purrumbete, Cobden and Warrnambool. The local content targets for the project have also supported local jobs in the broader Victorian manufacturing industry.”
With the transformer due to arrive onsite by the middle of February, the focus over the coming months will be to continue the electrical works, particularly the construction of the substation and installation of the 220kv underground transmission line.
The project is on target for construction completion at the end of this year, and once operational it will generate enough clean energy to power 115,000 houses. The project will also see ACCIONA’s owned capacity in Australia increase to 592MW, with the company actively pursuing additional projects both locally, and interstate.
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ACCIONA is a global group that develops and manages sustainable infrastructure solutions, especially in renewable energy. Its business spans the entire value chain, from design and construction through to operation and maintenance. ACCIONA’s goal is to lead the transition towards a low-carbon economy, bringing technical excellence and innovation to all of its projects to design a better planet. With a presence in more than 65 countries and sales of €7.510 billion in 2018, the company is committed to contributing to the economic and social development of the communities in which it operates. www.acciona.com
ACCIONA began operating in Australia in 2002, building its business to become an industry leader in renewable energy, infrastructure, construction and water. The company has successfully delivered large-scale projects including new and upgraded road and rail infrastructure, tunnels, bridges, desalination and water treatment plants, as well as wind and solar farms.
ACCIONA is a significant contributor to the Australian economy, with equity positions in several projects and a major investment in Geotech, a leading infrastructure and construction company. ACCIONA employs around 1,000 staff in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as regional locations, and continually invests in Australian skills and jobs.
In March 2019, ACCIONA’s energy division began construction on the Mortlake South Wind Farm, its fifth wind farm in Australia, which will boost the company’s wind power capacity in the country by 36% to 592 MW. ACCIONA already has four operational wind farms in Australia, namely Cathedral Rocks (64 MW), Gunning (46.5 MW), Waubra (192 MW) and Mt. Gellibrand (132 MW). http://www.acciona.com.au