Western Australia’s third largest wind farm has powered up and is expected to be operating at full capacity by the end of the month.
The West Australian government confirmed Wednesday the 180-megawatt Warradarge wind farm, near Eneabba, had started up.
The 51 turbines at the wind farm were supplied and constructed by global wind energy company Vestas, with the 3.6MW Vestas V136 turbines having a hub height of 84 metres and producing power at wind speeds of three to 27 metres per second.
The turbines are among the largest in WA, with a tip height of 152 metres and sporting some of the longest blades onshore at 66.6 metres.
Vestas has also been appointed as the operations and maintenance contractor for the plant operations, while it has also engaged local company Decmil for the civil construction and balance of the plant works.
A 10-kilometre transmission line from the wind farm substation to the existing 330 kilovolt transmission line near Eneabba, on the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), has also been constructed by Western Power and includes a new terminal station at Eneabba.
"It's exciting to witness the sheer scale of this project, and without a doubt, the Warradarge wind farm will become one of the best, large-scale renewables projects in Australia,” West Australia’s Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, said.
"The McGowan government is committed to improving energy affordability and creating a cleaner, greener energy system for Western Australians. This is a project that has delivered local jobs using local contractors and will further secure the future of energy supply in this state."
According to the state government, more than 200 jobs were created over the construction of the project, with 25 to 30 workers currently still involved in the commissioning of the site, while 10 jobs will be required during the operation phase.
Warradarge is owned by Bright Energy Investments, a renewable energy investment vehicle launched by the state government in April 2018 and it is a joint venture between electricity provider Synergy, infrastructure fund manager DIF Capital Partners and Australian superannuation fund Cbus.
Once at full capacity, the Warradarge wind farm will provide a 30% increase in enterprise scale renewable generation feeding the SWIS compared to the start of 2020 and provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 135,000 Western Australian homes' annual electricity needs.