The wind farm site is located on the remote 1,200 hectare Granville Farm property, approximately 35 kilometres north west of Zeehan on Tasmania’s west coast.
The farm produces some of Australia’s highest quality grass fed beef, sustaining up to 1850 head of premium beef cattle. Production of prime beef will continue at the site during the wind farm’s construction and operations – effectively diversifying the owner’s long-term farming interests.
The $280 million wind farm development will comprise 31 turbines with a 112 megawatt capacity. Initial construction works began in August 2018 and the wind farm is expected to be operational late 2019.
The idea for the wind farm was conceived by local Granville Farm owner Royce Smith and his business partner Alex Simpson.
In March 2013 the wind farm received a referral decision from the Commonwealth Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1993, and Development Approval from the West Coast Council was granted in May 2014.
In September 2017 an agreement was reached with Hydro Tasmania to purchase the power from Granville Harbour Wind Farm. In February 2018, Palisade Investment Partners acquired 100% of the development’s holding company, Westcoast Wind, and assumed the role of the project’s sole investor.
Financial close was reached in July 2018 – a key milestone that marked the official start of major construction.
Construction of the wind farm is now underway.
Led by a specialist project team, the wind farm is expected to be complete late 2019. Vestas has been appointed as the project’s primary Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractor.
Construction activities typically commence with preparation of the wind turbine foundations ahead of the arrival of the wind turbines on site. Construction will be sequenced to deliver the wind farm in batches – with the final phase being the testing and commissioning of the wind farm.
Safety is a key priority and the project team will employ a rigorous governance approach to risk identification, mitigation and management at all times.
Project Management will also work to ensure the expectations of the local community are understood and respected throughout the construction phase.
Construction of the 11km transmission line to connect Granville Harbour Wind Farm to the electricity grid is now underway will be managed by TasNetworks. The approved alignment for this line has been designed to follow existing roadways and easements and to minimise clearing of vegetation and impacts on sensitive environments.
Transport of large items to site will follow an approved transport route from the Port of Burnie to site. As construction may result in increased traffic on local roads, traffic safety measures will be implemented to reduce impacts to other road users and native wildlife.