Construction work started in May 2019.

We expect that building a wind farm of this size will take around 20 to 24 months.

Access for construction traffic will be from the Hume Highway via Lerida Road South, which was upgraded as the first task.

No construction traffic will be allowed to access the project from the Collector-Gunning Road.

Project working hours are the standard NSW construction hours, between:

  • 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday

  • 8am and 1pm on Saturday

Any work proposed outside these hours will require separate assessment and approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

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

 

Indicative Construction Timeline

May 2019 - Financial Close

  • Construction and operations contracts executed.

  • Debt and equity finance becomes committed.

May 2019 - 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

Early 2020 - 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

Early 2021 - Full commercial operations

 
 
 

Pre-Construction Information

 
 

There are a number of conditions in the development approval that needed to be finalised before construction could start on site.  Some required additional review and approval from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment.

These conditions are detailed here, with the relevant documentation uploaded.

 
 
 

Construction Progress

 
 

The upgrade to the first 2km of Lerida Road South between the Hume Highway and the wind farm site was completed on schedule in July 2019.

Now that Upper Lachlan Shire Council has signed off on the work, this means all construction traffic can access the site and work to build the wind farm can proceed.

The first stage is to build a road to the substation location at the northern end of the wind farm where the transmission lines cross the site. This will enable Transgrid to start building the substation which will be needed to export clean electricity from the turbines into the network.

Once this is completed, activity will spread across the site to:

  • build access roads connecting up the turbine locations

  • excavate and lay turbine foundations and build crane hardstands

  • dig trenches for electrical cabling

Work will continue to improve the remaining 4km of Lerida Road South as required under our development approval. This is expected to be completed in November.

Lerida Road South will remain open throughout the upgrade, with traffic management measures in place to safely minimise the impact on road users. We thank road users for their patience during this work.

We expect turbine component deliveries to start in the first half of 2020. Specialist hauliers will be engaged to deliver components, operating under specific permits from Roads and Maritime Services.

Images showing work progressing on site are available.