Connection agreement signed for Tasmanian wind farm

TasNetworks and Goldwind have signed the connection agreement for the 144MW Cattle Hill wind farm in Tasmania.

The connection agreement sets out the terms and conditions through which the wind farm is able to successfully connect to TasNetworks’ transmission network.

The construction of the large-scale wind farm will contribute to Tasmania’s energy security and increases the state’s on-island renewable energy generation capacity by more than 5 per cent.

“This is a key milestone for the project and highlights the strong working relationship that exists between TasNetworks and Goldwind,” TasNetworks chief executive officer Lance Balcombe said.

“We’re very excited to be involved with such a great project and look forward to working with Goldwind during the construction phase over the coming months.”

The project is located adjacent to TasNetworks’ large Waddamana Substation in the state’s Central Highlands.

The construction of the wind farm, consisting of up to 49 turbines, is scheduled to commence in early 2018 and is expected to create 150 jobs during construction and employ up to 10 permanent maintenance staff when fully operational in 2019.

Tasmania’s Minister for Energy Guy Barnett said the project is a key part of the state government’s Tasmania First vision for energy.

“In the short-term, the project will see $300 million invested, create 150 jobs during construction and will see many local contractors and businesses benefit along the way,” Mr Barmett said.

“In the long-term, the wind farm will generate enough energy to power more than 60,000 homes and increase wind generation capacity in Tasmania by nearly 50 per cent.”