GE and ENGIE team up to build 119MW wind farm

GE's 3MW platform turbines rise above Victoria's Ararat Wind Farm.

GE Renewable Energy and ENGIE in Australia have partnered up to supply and install 32 wind turbines at the Willogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia.

Upon completion in mid-2018, the 119MW wind farm project will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 80,000 South Australian homes.

Construction firm CATCON will be responsible for the wind farm’s construction.

“We are excited to be working with ENGIE on this project, and to continue our commitment to serving the energy needs of South Australia,” GE Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea president and CEO Geoff Culbert.

“We have seen tremendous momentum in the Australian wind industry this year. This will be our fourth wind farm to begin construction in 2017, with more than 300 GE turbines either operating or under construction across the country, capable of powering the equivalent of more than 500,000 Australian homes with renewable energy.

“It is encouraging to see more projects like this reach financial close, and we look forward to continuing to bring the best renewables technology to Australia.”

The wind farm at Willogoleche will be ENGIE in Australia’s second wind project in the country, and the first time GE and ENGIE have worked together on a renewables project in Australia.

Acting CEO of ENGIE in Australia Matt Donaldson said the project tackled the major challenges in the energy transition and moved the country towards a decarbonised, decentralised and digitised energy system.

“It’s great to be working with GE, a company with a similar mindset where digital is at the heart of everything it does,” he said.

“This ensures solutions are future-proofed and our customers enjoy world-leading technology that meets their energy needs.”

The project will be based on GE’s latest wind technology, which has increased energy production by over 50 per cent per unit from our first projects in Australia, and include a combination of 3.8MW (24 turbines) and 3.4MW (eight turbines), with a tip height of 150m above ground level and a blade rotor diameter of 130m.