Contract awarded for Western Australia’s Mumbida wind farm development

Leighton Contractors, in consortium with GE, was awarded a $130 million contract by the Verve Energy and Macquarie Capital joint venture for the Mumbida Wind Farm development, 40 km south-east of Geraldton in Western Australia.

The development will generate 55 MW of renewable electricity into the south-west interconnected system (SWIS) which is enough energy to power around 35,000 homes and offset approximately 165,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. It is expected the wind farm will be complete by November 2012.

The project will be delivered by Leighton Contractors and GE through a single engineering, procure, construct (EPC) contract, comprising the wind-turbine generators mounted on 85 m towers, electrical and civil balance of plant and a 22 kV/132 kV substation. The full-maintenance service agreement will be provided by GE for a 10-year period, immediately following practical completion.

Leighton Contractors’ industrial and energy division general manager, Mark Chilcote said the company was proud to be selected to deliver the project.

“Wind power in Australia is a proven and mature technology that can be readily deployed. This project will assist Western Australia to further utilise this resource to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future,” Mr Chilcote said.

“As a company, Leighton Contractors is committed to developing alternative energy sources in collaboration with our technology partners. This announcement is great recognition of our continued expansion in this growth industry,” he said.

Leighton Contractors has a growing track record in delivering renewable energy projects, including the current $1 billion Macarthur wind farm in Victoria, Lake Bonney wind farm and Canunda wind farm in South Australia, and the Waubra Wind Farm, also in Victoria. The Mumbida wind farm project will use GE’s 2.5 MW wind turbines.

GE Energy chief executive officer, Tim Rourke said the 2.5 series wind turbine is GE’s flagship onshore wind technology platform, designed for a high level of reliability and featuring industry-leading grid integration capabilities.

“The intelligence and reliability of GE’s wind turbine technology makes it a natural fit with the requirements for long-term renewable energy supply in WA,” Mr Rourke said.

“We are looking forward to working with the Verve Energy and Macquarie Capital joint venture to deliver renewable electricity and significantly increasing the amount of renewable energy in Western Australia.”

The Mumbida wind farm will support the Western Australian Government’s ‘Energy 2031’ strategy designed to meet the state’s rapidly growing energy requirements with clean, reliable power.