Entura named Owner’s Engineer for Dundonnell Wind Farm
November 26, 2018
Specialist power and water consulting firm Entura has been named by Tilt Renewables as the Owner’s Engineer for the Dundonnell Wind Farm in Victoria, Australia.
Located north-east of Mortlake in western Victoria, the wind farm will consist of 80 wind turbines, producing up to 336 MW of clean, renewable electricity with a connection into the National Electricity Market via a new 38 km, 220 kV transmission line.
Tilt Renewables was successful in bidding for the Dundonnell Wind Farm to be part of the Victorian Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme (VREAS), securing a Support Agreement by the state.
Clayton Delmarter, General Manager – Renewable Development, from Tilt Renewables said, “With the project having recently achieved financial close, we now look to Entura to undertake design review and construction monitoring services for the wind farm and balance of plant, transmission line and a new terminal station.
“This is an exciting time for us, with construction commencement now anticipated in early 2019 and commercial operation scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.”
In announcing financial close for the project, Tilt Renewables highlighted the establishment of an agreement for a shared transmission line solution, available to other wind farm operators in the area – avoiding the need to duplicate infrastructure. To enable this, Tilt Renewables will construct a 15 km, dual-circuit section as part of the total 38 km of new transmission line required for the Dundonnell Wind Farm.
Entura’s Managing Director Tammy Chu said, “Having supported Tilt Renewables in the lead up to financial close, we are pleased to continue that partnership as Owner’s Engineer at Dundonnell, working alongside Vestas as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor and AusNet Services as the Transmission Network Services Provider to deliver a successful project.”
Entura draws on more than 20 years of experience at the forefront of the industry, developing and delivering wind farms and other renewable energy solutions in Australia and across the Indo-Pacific region. Recently Entura launched an online hub with insights and resources to help renewable energy project developers, power utilities and investors understand and assess the different types of energy storage solutions, particularly mainstream contenders such as pumped hydro and large batteries.
“Baseload fossil fuel generation can be replaced by a combination of variable renewables, dispatchable renewables, and smart network support and planning to ensure sufficient transmission capacity,” said Dale Bryce, Entura’s Director Customer Strategy & Market Development, on launching the online hub at dispatchablerenewables.entura.com.