Squadron halts wind farm build amid safety concerns

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Construction has been halted at Squadron Energy’s 800MW Clarke Creek Wind Farm for a second time amid reports of safety concerns at the site, according to Windpower Monthly.

Squadron Energy said it was “briefly pausing” work at Clarke Creek in Queensland during a handover of project responsibilities from CWP Renewables, which it purchased last year.

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Local media reports alleged Squadron’s Clarke Creek project had already seen work paused several times amid safety issues since construction began in July 2022.

These concerns allegedly included a traffic control vehicle going off a road, and a small crane rolling and nearly hitting a worker, however, the source of these allegations noted the site did not seem “inherently unsafe”.

Squadron Energy CEO Jason Willoughby told Windpower Monthly, “As part of the handover to Squadron Energy, we are briefly pausing work and doing a full project management review before onsite activity increases when component deliveries begin. All agreements with contractors remain in place and will continue.

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“We understand the impact pausing work can have and we will keep contractors updated on when they can get back on site. The project management review is examining all aspects of best practice delivery including biodiversity, safety and cultural heritage plans.”

China’s Goldwind is supplying Clarke Creek with turbines, with the wind project expected to come online in 2025.

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