Cattle Hill Wind Farm, Tasmania
Clients: Wild Cattle Hill Pty Ltd (PowerChina Resources/Goldwind); TasNetworks and Zinfra
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Date: July 2018 – ongoing
Providing owner’s engineer and grid connection services during construction of a 148 MW wind farm
As Australia transitions away from fossil fuels towards a cleaner energy future, more renewable energy will be required in the National Electricity Market. Tasmania has excellent wind resources and is well placed to support the energy transition with development of new wind farms, supported by world-class hydropower resources.
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Echo in Tasmania’s Central Plateau, the Cattle Hill Wind Farm will consist of 48 turbines, producing up to 148 MW of clean, renewable electricity. Once operational, the project will provide clean energy to power approximately 63 500 Tasmanian homes each year.
Entura was appointed as owner’s engineer to support the successful construction and delivery of the project. The work includes document and design reviews, site inspections, milestone certifications, monthly reporting and technical advice.
Entura was also engaged by TasNetworks to develop the technical specification for the connection of the wind farm into their network at Waddamana.
TasNetworks has engaged construction company Zinfra as the principal contractor, with Entura to provide the design and testing/commissioning, and to establish successful grid connection through the implementation of a new transmission line and the augmentation of Waddamana substation.
Once operational Cattle Hill Wind Farm will make a positive and enduring contribution to the local community, as well as support the Tasmania’s energy security and clean energy ambitions.
Construction of the project commenced in early 2018, and the first turbine was operational by December 2019. The wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2020.