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
Construction and operations contracts executed.
Debt and equity finance becomes committed.
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
Connecting turbines to grid connection
Commissioning & Energisation
Staged commissioning and energisation of turbines in groups
First generation into grid
Full commercial operations
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.
This section will provide latest news and details of construction activities across the site, as the project progresses through the construction program.