01 Jul 2013
Continental Wind Partners (CWP) is pleased to announce that construction of the first phase of the Boco Rock Wind Farm is set to commence in the third quarter of 2013. Stage one of the project comprises 67 turbines totalling 113 MW, spread over 13 properties. A power line will be constructed as part of the project to connect the wind farm to the Essential Energy owned lines at Steeple Flat.
CWP Australia’s Managing Director, Alex Hewitt said “$350m of funding is now secured and we can move forward with the construction of Boco Rock, our first Australian wind farm.”
Through the joint venture with Wind Prospect, the project will be managed on behalf of Thai-listed Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO). “The WPCWP team which developed the project will continue as asset managers for EGCO.“
Construction of the Boco Rock Wind Farm is expected to be completed by early 2015, with power being delivered to the grid from end 2014. Boco Rock Wind Farm stage one will provide renewable power for the equivalent of 40,000 homes across NSW and offset approximately 300,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. The General Electric (GE)-Downer consortium will deliver the full engineering, procurement and construction for stage one of the project. GE will supply and commission 58, 1.7MW and 9, 1.6MW wind turbine generators. With each blade extending 50 meters and an overall height of 130 m (equivalent to 33 stories).
WPCWP’s Head of Development, Ed Mounsey said “We will be working closely with EGCO and the community to make sure the wind farm is a model project. Details relating to timing of construction activities will be disseminated in the coming weeks through the recently established Community Consultative Committee (CCC), project website, local media and Council. The company has produced a Community Information Plan which it will employ prior to construction commencing to keep the community up to date with activities. The newly established Boco Rock Wind Farm CCC provides a great forum to get together with representatives of the community, to share information about the project in an open manner.”
The committee comprises representatives from the local community, Cooma Monaro Shire and Bombala Council. Mr Mounsey is also on the committee.
In order to maximise benefits to local businesses the ‘contractors’ page of the project website (www.bocorockwindfarm.com.au) is still available for interested parties to register their details. “I again encourage all those parties that have already made contact with us to re-register their interest through our website to ensure we maintain accurate and up to date records”, Mr Mounsey concluded.