CONSTRUCTION of the Murra Warra Wind Farm is well underway.
The farm will be completed in two stages – the first comprising of 61 turbines and the second comprising of 55 turbines.
The wind farm is expected to create about 150 construction jobs and 9 operational jobs during the first phase.
Crews are currently in the process of building all-weather roads to the wind tower sites at the northern end of the site.
In his report at council’s June meeting, Yarriambaick Shire Council acting chief executive officer James Magee said work on the farm was moving along nicely.
“Some internal roadway has already been completed,” he said.
“The contractor undertaking road construction works for the Murra Warra Windfarm received their approvals a month ago and have completed 2km of gravel resheeting works on the Dogwood Road and 700m of gravel resheeting on the Ailsa Wheat Road.
“The works completed are done to standards approved by council.”
The farm will produce about 429 megawatts of power once fully operational and eliminate about 900,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
It is expected to be fully operational by next year.
Once completed, the first stage of the farm will supply enough energy to power 220,000 homes.
It will generate about eight permanent jobs for ongoing monitoring and maintenance works.
Speaking to the Wimmera Mail-Times in March, RES chief executive Matt Rebbeck said a fund to support Wimmera community groups would also be established as part of the project.
“The Murra Warra Wind Farm is a world class project which, once constructed, will be one of the highest-performing wind farms in the southern hemisphere,” he said.
“We are proud to be making this important contribution to the regional Victorian economy.
“We have developed a strong relationship with the local community and look forward to continuing to engage with community stakeholders as we enter into the construction phase for stage one.”
Monash University signed a purchase agreement with the farm in June as part of the university’s zero emissions goal.