Downer Nabs $65M in Contracts for Taralga Wind Farm

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
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Downer EDI has won a contract for the provision of infrastructure work to a key wind farm project on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, as well as a contract for the construction of a related transmission and connection line.

Downer announced last week that it had obtained a contract from Vestas Australian Wind Technology for the provision of civil and electrical balance of plant infrastructure to the Taralga Wind Farm in the southern part of New South Wales.

The farm will host 51 Vestas wind turbines and will possess a total output capacity of 106.8 megawatts upon completion. Situated 45 kilometres to the north of Goulburn on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, the farm will be responsible for the provision of power to around 45,000 homes under a 10-year purchasing agreement with Energy Australia.

In addition to providing homes with clean, renewable energy, the developers of the project also hope to minimize its disruptive impact on the local environment by keeping noise levels below a ceiling of 35 decibels.

Vestas managing director Danny Nielsen said Downer’s involvement in the project is part of long-term cooperation between the two companies in the area of wind power.

“To have Downer involved in the construction is a great outcome for Vestas and the project owners,” he said. “The experience of Vestas and Downer in delivering successful wind farm projects together over the past 10 years is a real strength to the project.”

Downer’s contract for the Taralga Wind Farm infrastructure arrived just a week after the company announced it has obtained a contract from project owner CBD Energy Limited for the construction of the transmission line and connection to the Marulan substation. The two contracts possess a total value of around $65 million.

“We look forward to working with Vestas and CBD Energy and using our substantial renewable energy expertise to deliver the Taralga Wind Farm project,” said Downer CEO Grant Fenn.

Downer has recently emerged as one of the leading providers of engineering services to the Australian wind power sector, performing work on the Collgar Wind Farm in Western Australia, the Lake Bonney Wind Farm in South Australia, and the Waubra Wind Farm and Mt. Mercer Wind Farm in Victoria.

In June 2013, Downer announced that it had obtained a contract with consortium partner GE Australia and New Zealand to perform work on the first stage of the Boco Rock Wind Farm Project in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, which has a total project value of around $350 million.

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