A consortium comprised of GE and Downer EDI has won a contract for the construction and maintenance of a 113MW wind farm in the Snowy Mountains.
Under the contract, GE and Downer EDI will be entrusted with the provision of engineering, procurement and construction services for the Boco Rock wind farm, the cost of which is pegged at around $350 million. The project will host 67 turbines during its first phase, with the potential to expand capacity to 122 turbines in future.
The site for the Boco Rock wind farm is located 10 kilometres southwest of Nimmitabel and 30 kilometres north of Bombala, in the Snowy Mountains region of southern New South Wales. Construction of the Boco Rock wind farm is slated to commence within the next several months, while completion is scheduled for early 2015.
GE will supply and commission 58 1.7-megawatt turbines and nine 1.6-megawatt wind turbine generators for the project. GE was responsible for the development of the 1.7-100 series turbine, which features a central tower height of 96 metres in height and blades 50 metres in length.
Downer EDI will be responsible for the construction of the 132-kilovolt transmission line and substation, and for the construction of plant, civil and electrical infrastructure.
In addition to supplying and building the turbines, GE will also be responsible for the provision of maintenance services worth $50 million over a decade-long period.
Melbourne-headquartered private power company EnergyAustralia will be the purchaser of the power generated by the project.
The 113-megawatt wind farm will generate enough energy to supply 50,023 average households, and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 291,025 tonnes.
GE has been involved with Boco Rock developer Continental Wind Partners (CWP) since 2011, helping to provide funding during the project's development phase.
Thai-listed Electricity Generating Public Company (EGCO) will assume total ownership of the wind farm from CWP, while CWP will remain involved with the project as its local manager.
CWP was founded in 2007 and originally focused on the development of wind farms in Romania and Bulgaria. The company has since expanded its operations to Australia and other parts of Europe, and currently has over 3,000 megawatts of capacity completed or in development.