Last of Murra Warra turbines erected for stage one

STAGE one of the Murra Warra Wind Farm will soon be finalised with only two turbines left to be commissioned. 

The last component arrived on site early December while the construction team RES Australia Pty Ltd worked to erect the last of a total of 61 turbines. 

The first stage of the wind farm is reportedly capable of powering up to 220,000 homes. 

A significant portion of the electricity has been purchased by Telstra, Monash University, Melbourne University, ANZ and Coca Cola Amatil.

The wind farm is on target complete stage one by the deadline of early 2020, only experiencing minor delays mid way through 2019 after having supply issues. 

RES Australia Communications and Stakehold Engagement for the Murra Warra Windfarm Susan Findlay-Tickner said with stage one out of the way, stage two will be on the horizon. 

“RES Australia is currently looking to develop stage two, which is 55 turbines. This is still in development,” she said. 

Murra Warra stage two is set to be smaller than phase one, with a capacity of 203mw being generated by 55 turbines. 

When completed the total output of the wind farm will reportedly make it the target in the country with an expected energy production of 420MW.

Ms Findlay-Tickner said there were 1200 people inducted to work on the site in total, and the local workers were sourced where possible. 

“We did use quite a few local companies,” Ms Findlay Tickner said. 

“In other areas like commissioning a wind turbine there’s only like 400 commissioners in the world so you have to locate them from other sources, but where there were local skills we did endeavor to source them.”

In their economic assessment they state the total construction period is estimated at 18 to 24 month.

The operational lifespan estimated at 25 years and once fully-operational, the wind farm is expected to “result in the reduction of an estimated 1.29 million tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions on an annual basis compared to the same level of electricity generation using fossil fuels”.