Vestas wins EPC contract for Alinta Energy’s 214MW Yandin Wind Farm
Wind industry news : Australian utility Alinta Energy has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to Vestas for the 214MW Yandin Wind Farm in Western Australia.
Vestas will also supply 51 of its V150-4.2 MW turbines to the new wind farm, which will be built in the town of Dandaragan, 175Km north of Perth.
The Yandin Wind Farm will be built with an investment of around AUD400 million ($286 million) and could meet the power consumption needs of over 200,000 homes upon its commission, which is expected to be by mid-2020.
Construction on the Yandin wind project to be taken up by Vestas is expected to create nearly 150 jobs.
Ken Woolley – Alinta Energy Executive Director of Merchant Energy, commenting on the Yandin Wind Farm contract, said: “Yandin will give Alinta Energy a considerable supply of affordable renewable power for our growing electricity customer base.
“We selected Vestas based on their years of experience, industry-leading technology, and the commitments we share around safety and generating affordable power for Australians”.
Each of the turbines of the wind farm in Western Australia will have a hub height of 105m, which is said to be suitable for optimum performance at the site’s specific wind conditions.
Upon completion, the Yandin Wind Farm will be connected to Western Power’s 330 KV electricity network via a new 10km transmission line and terminal station. The new transmission line and the terminal station will be built, owned and operated by Western Power.
Alinta Energy said that the wind farm’s long-term capacity factor is estimated to be nearly 50% considering the availability of the high-quality wind resource in the region.
The Australian utility has also signed a 25-year Active Output Management 40(AOM 4000) service agreement with Vestas. Under this agreement, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer will support the wind farm’s operations and optimize its performance.
Vestas will also be responsible for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance of the turbines, electrical and civil balance of plant.
Commenting on the Yandin Wind Farm contract, Peter Cowling – Head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are more than pleased to be Alinta’s partner on this project, as we can see enormous potential for wind energy in Western Australia that is perfectly suited to our industry-leading wind turbines.
“Our leadership position in providing complete renewable energy solutions in Australia means we have more knowledge and resources to apply to giving our customers, and by extension, Australian energy consumers, the most productive, reliable and affordable clean energy around. In this way, we will support Australia’s transition towards an energy system entirely powered by renewable energy.”
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