Siemens secures follow-up onshore wind project in Australia

Construction at Hornsdale wind farm
Construction at Hornsdale wind farm

Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply, install and commission 32 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.2MW and a rotor diameter of 113m, for the Hornsdale Stage 2 onshore wind farm in South Australia.

Stage 2 is an addition to the Hornsdale Stage 1 wind farm project, for which Siemens has signed a contract in August 2015.

The customer for both wind power plants is Neoen Australia, a business of the French company Neoen. With a capacity of 100MW, Hornsdale Stage 2 will be a major contribution to the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) target of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

Installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in December 2016, with the start of operations expected by June 2017. Siemens will then be responsible for service and maintenance of the wind turbines within the framework of a long-term service agreement.

The direct drive units will add a capacity of 100MW to the Hornsdale wind power plant near the South Australian town of Jamestown.

The wind power plant will be installed near the South Australian town of Jamestown, around 200km north of Adelaide and will achieve a record low price of $77 per MWh.

The CO2 emissions saved by the Hornsdale wind farm, upon completion, will be equivalent to taking either 290,000 cars off the road or the equivalent of planting 1.9 million trees.