RATCH-Australia is preparing to start construction on the Collector Wind Farm in early 2019.

An EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) Contract has been signed with Vestas for the construction and delivery of the 55 wind turbines that make up Collector Wind Farm. 

We expect that building a wind farm of this size will take around 20 months. We do not have a confirmed start date but once we are closer to the start of construction we will post an updated schedule so that everyone knows what to expect throughout the project.

The key stages of work required to complete the construction project are summarised in the sequence below.

 

 

Indicative Construction Timeline

Financial Close

  • Construction and operations contracts executed.

  • Debt and equity finance becomes committed.

Initial Works

  • Upgrades to public roads

  • Establishment of site construction compound

  • Construction of the internal access road to the grid connection substation

Civil Engineering Works

  • Construction of internal access roads

  • Excavation of turbine foundations

  • Concrete pours for foundations

  • Electrical cable trenching

Grid Connection Works

  • Construction of new substation and switchyard

  • Cut-in to existing grid

  • Energisation of new substation

Turbine Component Delivery and Erection

  • Turbine component deliveries (each turbine = 3 to 4 tower sections, nacelle, 3 blades)

  • Components stored on-site then erected using a crane

Electrical Engineering Works

  • Electrical cabling

  • Connecting turbines to grid connection

Commissioning & Energisation

  • Staged commissioning and energisation of turbines in groups

  • First generation into grid

Full commercial operations

 
 
 

Pre-Construction Information

 
 

There are a number of conditions in the development approval that need to be finalised before construction can start on site.  Some of these require additional review and approval from the Department of Planning & Environment.

These conditions will be detailed here, with the relevant documentation uploaded when complete.

 
 
 

Construction Information

 
 

This section will provide latest news and details of construction activities across the site, as the project progresses through the construction program.