The arrival of two purpose-built transformers for the Ararat Wind Farm substation marks a significant milestone for project proponents RES Australia.
The transformers, provided via a $4 million contract with Wilson Transformer Company, are over 8 m in length, 4.5 m wide and 7 m high when fully assembled. They were manufactured and tested in Glen Waverley, Victoria and represent the completion of Wilson Transformer’s substantial contract.
Stuart Liddell, General Manager of Ararat Wind Farm, said he was delighted to see the arrival of major infrastructure components as construction of the wind farm progresses.
“The delivery of the two Wilson transformers this week represent a $4 million contract with a Victorian business, demonstrating our commitment to working with local enterprises wherever possible,” Mr Liddell said.
The transformers arrived at the wind farm site last Wednesday and Friday, and were transported on a single semi-trailer as an ‘oversized’ load under escort. Due to their size and the transport route through rural roads, the transformers couldn’t be moved at night.
The transformers weigh approximately 96 T each, when disassembled. Upon arrival at the site, they required a further two prime-movers to manoeuvre them through the project area.
The purpose-built power transformers will be installed in the wind farm electrical substation to convert the 33 kV farm electrical collector network to 132 kV for transmission to the electricity grid at Elmhurst.