Local Suppliers will be the favoured contractors for the Tasmanian Cattle Hill Wind Farm as tenders and expressions of interest are published for the upcoming construction and works.
Project developer Goldwind Australia committed this week to employing local workers for the construction of the significant renewable energy project as part of the Local Business Participation Program.
The wind farm will house up to 49 turbines producing 144 MW of clean renewable electricity. It is located on the eastern shore of Lake Echo in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.
Currently there are 33 tenders open for the project which can be viewed at Australian Tenders, including an invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for major subcontractors in the areas of design, construction, logistics and wind turbine installation.
Tasmanian Minister for Energy Guy Barnett said that the $300 million Cattle Hill Wind Farm is a massive investment for Tasmania.
"The Local Business Participation Program will see Goldwind seek capable local sub-contractors and suppliers to work on the project, and with more than 150 jobs expected to be created during construction, this will be a major boost to employment in the region," he said.
Construction of the project is anticipated to commence in January of 2018 and the wind farm is aimed to become fully operational in 2020. Once completed, the 49 turbine wind farm will be able to power over 60,000 homes and increase wind generation capacity in Tasmania by nearly 50 per cent.
Construction will also provide a positive flow on effect to local businesses in the Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands and Central Highlands, including regional centres like New Norfolk, with the project expected to produce increased business activity.
Cattle Hill Wind Farm will contribute to the Australian Renewable Energy Target of 33,000 gigawatt hours of Australia's energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. The natural terrain and consistent wind speeds in the area significant and the connection to the electricity network is also strong.
Goldwind Australia has launched the Local Business Participation Program for Cattle Hill Wind Farm. The Program will be a key initiative to identify capability and capacity in the local community and maximise opportunities for local subcontractors and suppliers to participate in the project.
Developer for the project, Goldwind Australia Managing Director John Titchen, said the partnership with Aurora Energy secured the construction of the Cattle Hill Wind Farm project.
"We’re pleased to partner with Aurora Energy who is clearly supportive of renewable energy development in Tasmania and strengthening Tasmania’s energy security," he said on Friday.
Under the agreement, Aurora Energy will purchase Tasmanian generated renewable energy certificates produced by the wind farm to assist in meeting its obligations, extending to 2030, under national renewable energy legislation.
Goldwind's Project Development Manager for Cattle Hill, Laura Jeffery said planning for the construction of up to 49 wind turbines is well underway with the launch of Local Business Participation Program.
"We are committed to local sourcing for the project where feasible. We’ll be working closely with the main contractors and major subcontractors, once appointed, to facilitate opportunities for local subcontractors and suppliers to participate in the project," she said.
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