Bright Energy Investments has announced it will proceed with the development of the 180MW Warradarge Wind Farm, near Eneabba in Western Australia, commencing in 2019.
Bright Energy Investments, a joint venture between state-owned electricity generator and retailer Synergy, global infrastructure investment fund DIF, and Australian industry super fund Cbus secured final approvals including network access to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).
New state Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, made the formal announcement on behalf of Synergy at a ceremonial signing of documents attended by the project partners.
Synergy Chairman Robert Cole said the business was extremely proud to be part of the Warradarge Wind Farm project, and what that means for renewable projects in Western Australia.
“Synergy has a strong history in developing major solar and wind assets in Western Australia and is committed to increasing its renewable energy portfolio,” Mr Cole said.
“”In developing Warradarge Wind Farm in conjunction with our equity partners DiF and Cbus, Synergy ensures the state of Western Australia meets its renewable energy commitments in accordance with Commonwealth legislation and does so in a structure that delivers the most benefit to the state.”
The Warradarge Wind Farm will have a total output of 180 megawatt with a 50 per cent capacity factor – the equivalent of the average annual electricity needs of 135,000 West Australian homes.
The construction and equipment maintenance contracts have been awarded to world-renowned sustainable energy solutions company Vestas, with construction works to be undertaken by local sub-contractors.

The turbines will be among the largest in Western Australia with a tip height of 152 metres, sporting some of the longest blades onshore at 66 metres.
Bright Energy Investments director Diana Callebaut said the Warradarge Wind Farm is expected to be recognised as one of the best renewable energy projects in the country.
“The high calibre of the parties involved in BEI and the world-class experience of turbine manufacturer provides comfort that the Warradarge Wind Farm will be delivered smoothly and on-schedule, with first generation expected in 2020,” Ms Callebaut said.
The 10km transmission line from the wind farm sub-station to the network connection point near Eneabba will be constructed by Western Power.
Warradarge Wind Farm joins the BEI portfolio, which includes the Albany Grasmere Wind Farm and the Greenough River Solar Farm near Geraldton.
Combined, these projects support Synergy’s efforts to meet its Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) obligations through local projects.
Warradarge Wind Farm is expected to generate first power in 2020.

DECMIL AWARDED $72M WARRADARGE WIND FARM BALANCE OF PLANT CONTRACT

▪ Decmil expands footprint in the renewables sector with first wind project
▪ Includes design and construction of the civil and electrical balance of plant

Decmil Group Limited (ASX:DCG) (“Decmil” or “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $72 million contract for balance of plant works at the Warradarge Wind Farm in Western Australia.
The contract will be with leading global wind energy company Vestas, with the project located 200kms South of Geraldton. The project will be funded and developed by Bright Energy Investments (BEI) – a partnership between Synergy and the private sector.

Decmil’s scope includes the design and construction of the civil and electrical balance of plant for the 51 turbine wind farm including wind turbine bases, 55km of access tracks, site cabling, switch room and substation. Western Power will construct the transmission line from the wind farm sub-station to the network connection point near Eneabba.

The works will commence immediately and are expected to be completed by September 2020.
About Decmil

Decmil Group Limited (DGL) offers a diversified range of services to the Australian resources and infrastructure industries. Companies within the group specialise in engineering and construction; accommodation services; and maintenance. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Code: DCG), Decmil’s goal is to maximize returns from our operations to deliver value to our shareholders, clients and other stakeholders.

For further information please contact:

Mr Scott Criddle, CEO, Decmil Ph 07 3640 4619

Mr Craig Amos, CFO, Decmil Ph 08 6240 8120

 

Excerpt from Powerlines Plus website:     https://www.powerlinesplus.com.au/projects/warradarge-wind-farm/

Developed by Bright Energy Investments, the proposal is for the construction of 51 Wind Turbines each up to 152m high. The site is located 15km north-east of Warradarge, Shire of Coorow and Shire of Carnamah.

Powerlines Plus has been awarded the design and construction of 10.5km of 330kV Transmission Line to connect the project to the state grid. Powerlines Plus was able through its vast experience, design the Transmission Line to be constant with the project ethos to the environment. By use of poles rather than towers the impact on the cadastral area was greatly minimised. This was not only to benefit the environment but also the local farms which crop the area in which the Transmission Line traverses.