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Wind farm progress halts as workers wait for supplies

• Works on the Murra Wurra Windfarm has been delayed as component stores have been exhausted.

THE Murra Warra Windfarm between Horsham and Dimboola has exhausted turbine components and progress will remain stagnant until the components arrive in the country.
Turbine erection works will cease for a period of up to six weeks with works set to re-commence in September.
They are out of components on site and the supplier is shipping components which are inbound for the country, they are expecting shipments to arrive in Portland in the next couple of weeks.
Project Manager Anthony Berzi said they have run out of stock but are still working to commission the standing turbines.
“We’re kind of low on stock on everything, we’re still expecting stock from overseas, the immediate thing we’re out of is blades,” Mr Berzi said.
There are currently 36 turbines erected and 16 out of them waiting to get commissioned to pump power into the grid.
“There’s 36 erected turbines at the moment and the engineers and technicians are working inside those turbines getting them commissioned,” he said.
“Slowly you’ll see more and more turbines come into operation.
“We’re hoping to have all erected turbines into commissions as soon as possible.”
The wind turbines supplied by European wind turbine manufacturer Senvion announced in April it had commenced “self-administration proceedings” in Germany after the company struggled with combined debts.
Mr Berzi said the finacial issues with Senvion have caused the delay in manufacture and splly of components.
“That has caused an issue with relation to the supply of components and has caused a few headaches on site naturally, however we’re through that now,” he said.
Downer EDI signed a joint venture agreement with Senvion to serve as the Energy Performance Contractor (EPC) for stage one of the wind farm.
Mr Berzi said these circumstances caused some disruption in the project, however Downer is managing the situation.
“Downer have taken over the works and taken a more active role, they are managing the situation and we’re back continuing work as expected.”
He said stage one is likely to be completed Januray next year with planning of stage two expected to start following stage one’s completion.
The project was initially staged to completed and fully operational before christmas this year, weather permitting, the delay in the project due to supply of components set it back to January 2020
“Stage one will definitely be completed in the time frame and stage two is currently a working project for the new year,” he said.
The wind farm celebrated reaching the half way mark in turbine construction back in June, completing the erection of 31 of the 61 turbines in the projects first stage.
The windfarm will total 429MW once its second stage is completed with a total of 116 turbines, taking it past the biggest wind farm in the state, Macarthur, at 420MW.
The turbines take up less than two percent of land spread out across 4250Ha of 22 farmland properties used for sheep grazing and broad acre cropping.
Murra Warra is set to be one of the cheapest sources of power in Australia, delivering electricity under long-term contracts to Telstra, and many other customers including ANZ, Coca Cola Amatil and the University of Melbourne, as well as Monash University.
The construction and commissioning of all 61 turbines in stage one is expected to be completed early January 2020 making the farm fully operational.
Murra Warra is expected to generate enough clean electricity to power up to 450,000 Victorian homes each year upon completion.
In June 2016, the Victorian Government announced new renewable energy targets for the state of 25 percent by 2020, and 40 percent by 2025, to help combat greenhouse emissions.
This represents a C02 emissions reduction of approximately 900,000 tonnes per year or the equivalent of removing 320,000 cars from roads each year.