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First turbine installed at Mortlake South wind farm

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The first turbine has been successfully installed at ACCIONA’s Mortlake South wind farm.

The turbine, consisting of four sections of a steel tower, a nacelle, a hub and three blades, was erected over a span of four days.

Construction on the Mortlake South wind farm started in early 2019 and will see more than $180 million directly invested in the Victoria region.

“Building a wind farm is a significant undertaking, and after so much preparation, and particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re pleased to see the towers going up. Our team is working hard, and our local subcontractors continue to contribute their valuable skills to this project – we couldn’t do it without them, and we thank the community for their ongoing support.”

Brett Wickham, ACCIONA energy’s managing director.

In the next five months, 34 additional turbines will be installed at the site, taking the total to 35 turbine generators, each with a hub height of 105 meters and a maximum tip height of 186 meters.

“The turbines being installed at the Mortlake South Wind Farm represent the latest technology, with each turbine capable of producing 4.5 MW of clean energy, the highest output of any wind turbine in Australia.”

Andrew Tshaikiwsky, Mortlake South wind farm project manager.

When installed, the wind farm will generate 530 GWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power up to 117,000 households.

The supply of parts and the assembly of turbines will begin in the coming months, with the wind farm scheduled to be completed by the end of April.

Nedim Husomanovic

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