GE and Engie are teaming up to build the 119MW the Willogoleche Hill Wind Farm in South Australia, their first renewable project in Australia.
GE Renewable Energy will supply and install 32 turbines at the plant, 160km north of Adelaide. Upon completion in mid-2018, the project will generate enough energy to power about 80,000 homes.
It will be Engie’s second wind project in Australia and the first time GE and Engie have worked together on a renewables project in Australia. Construction firm CATCON will be responsible for the wind farm’s construction.
“We have seen tremendous momentum in the Australian wind industry this year,” said GE Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea president and CEO Geoff Culbert. “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 project will be based on GE’s latest wind technology and include a combination of 3.8MW (24 turbines) and 3.4MW (8 turbines), with a tip height of 150m above ground level and a blade rotor diameter of 130m.
GE Renewable Energy president and CEO Jérôme Pécresse said: “In Australia, we are now working on nearly $2 billion in wind farm projects, representing more than 900MW generation capacity. This is an incredibly important region for GE globally, and we are committed to supporting Australia achieve its renewable energy goals while maintaining reliable and affordable electricity supplies to businesses and households across the country.”