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Construction starts at 180-MW Berrybank wind farm in Australia

Australian wind farm. Author: Steven Caddy. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

June 21 (Renewables Now) - Global Power Generation (GPG) has started construction of the 180-MW Berrybank wind farm in the Australian state of Victoria, the local government announced Friday.

GPG, a joint venture of Spain’s Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY) and Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), is to invest AUD 276 million (USD 196.6m/EUR 168.4m) in the project.

The Berrybank wind farm was one of six winners in the 2017 reverse auction held under the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) policy. GPG has picked Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the Berrybank project. The Danish wind turbine maker will supply 43 units of V136-4.2 MW machines. The company has set up the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub in the city of Geelong where it will build and assemble the turbines.

The wind farm is located some 80 kilometres (49.7 miles) west of Geelong. Operations are expected to start in late 2020.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.69/EUR 0.61)

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