Vestas has received another Australian wind order — its third in four weeks. This one is for the Sapphire Wind Farm project, located near the town of Glen Innes in New South Wales, and will consist of 75 V126-3.45 MW turbines with a power-optimized mode to 3.6 MW. The order was placed by SWF Nominees Pty Ltd, which represents a partnership between CWP Renewables and funds managed and/or advised by global private markets investment manager Partners Group.
“To meet the Australian government’s Renewable Energy Target, a significant amount of renewable capacity needs to be built out in the next few years. We are pleased to team up with high-quality partners, including Vestas, to contribute to this target with the construction of Sapphire Wind Farm, another milestone project for Australian renewable energy,” said Benjamin Haan, Managing Director and Head Private Infrastructure Asia-Pacific, Partners Group.
Developed by CWP Renewables, the Sapphire Wind Farm is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project set for delivery by Vestas under a consortium agreement with civil and electrical balance of plant contractor Zenviron. The order includes a minimum 10-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM4000) service contract in which Vestas guarantees a defined level of availability and performance, as well as a SCADA VestasOnline Business system for data-driven monitoring and preventive maintenance.
”The Sapphire Wind Farm has been a major project undertaking for CWP and we are grateful for the professional support received from Vestas throughout the development, procurement, and contracting processes,” said Alex Hewitt, CWP Renewables Managing Director.
Installation and commissioning of the turbines is planned to be completed in the second half of 2018, with the project expected to provide up to 180 jobs and millions of dollars of spending in the local economy during construction phase. Once operational, the wind farm will supply the equivalent of approximately 110,000 households with clean energy and abate carbon dioxide emissions by about 600,000 tonnes each year.
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