Largest wind turbines to arrive in Australia

Date: 21 July 2017

Wind turbines
Australia will welcome the import of its largest wind turbines this week, when the first shipment for the Sapphire Wind Farm arrives at the Port of Newcastle.
The CWP Renewables development will see eight shipments arrive over nine months, bound for the 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm which is located between Glen Innes and Inverell in the New England Tablelands. 

The Sapphire Wind Farm will be the largest wind farm in New South Wales and Australia's tallest and second-largest wind farm.

The vessel Helvetia is due to arrive in the Port at 5.45pm* on Saturday 22 July carrying the first of the turbine tower sections. The tower sections when combined will measure 136 metres long. These sections will be followed by shipments of blades and other components with each blade measuring 63 metres in length, eclipsing the previous record set in October 2016**. 

"We are looking forward to receiving the turbine components into port and the continued construction of the largest wind farm in NSW," said Ed Mounsey, Chief Operating Officer at CWP Renewables.

"The project will drive job growth and regional investment in the New England region, and indirect investment throughout the State. Construction is expected to begin later this year."

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said it was great to see that the project was forging ahead.

"This project along with other solar and wind projects in the Glen Innes/Inverell area bring the renewable energy investment in the local area to more than $1 billion," Mr Joyce said.

"This is an unprecedented investment in renewable energy for the New England Electorate and I look forward to seeing this project completed mid next year."

The turbines will be stored at the Port's Mayfield Site and progressively transported by truck to Glen Innes. Turbine component haulage is a significant logistical undertaking, with delivery of turbine towers, nacelles and blades.

"Port of Newcastle looks forward to working in partnership with CWP Renewables and their logistics and transport providers to stage this significant development," said Geoff Crowe, CEO of Port of Newcastle. 

"Our berth-side storage is a huge advantage to our customers, as it removes a step from the supply chain and offers greater efficiency and cost savings. For example, we have imported and stored 70 turbines over the last nine months for another wind farm development which allowed for optimum staging of the project."

About CWP Renewables
CWP Renewables is a renewable energy developer and asset manager and has previously developed and constructed the 113MW Boco Rock Wind Farm. Turbine components for the Boco Rock project came through the Port of Eden on the south coast of NSW in 2014.

About the Port of Newcastle
The Port of Newcastle is the largest port on the east coast by tonnage, and Australia's third largest port. It is a diverse and growing port, handling 25 cargoes for an extensive New South Wales catchment area. 

* Please check the shipping schedule for the latest arrival time. 
**The previous record was held by the White Rock Wind Farm turbine blades measuring 59.5 metres in length, which arrived in the Port of Newcastle in October 2016.

Vision opportunities
The vessel's arrival can be filmed from Newcastle or Stockton Foreshore. 

Vision and photos of the ship at berth and cargo being unloaded can be provided to media on Sunday afternoon on request. Please register your interest via email to sarah.kiely@portofnewcastle.com.au.   

MEDIA CONTACTS 
CWP Renewables: Ed Mounsey, Chief Operating Officer, 0428 998 311
Port of Newcastle: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, phone 02 4908 8214.

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