Transmission milestone for Granville Harbour wind farm

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Helicopters stringing the transmission lines

The massive $280 million Granville Harbour wind farm is taking shape with the successful construction of 11km for transmission line and a switching station, in preparation of injecting 112MW of clean, zero emissions energy into the grid.

Minister for Energy Guy Barnett said this is another milestone in delivering the Tasmania First energy policy to make the state is fully renewable-energy powered, self-sufficient and has the lowest regulated power prices by 2022.

“The construction of Granville Harbour alone is supporting some 200 jobs with six more to continue on an ongoing basis once operational,” he said.

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“The development of new wind farms in Tasmania also represents another step in our Battery of the Nation pumped hydro plans that will drive billions in investment and create thousands of jobs in Tasmania.”

Project director Lyndon Frearson said completing the transmission line gives the development a physical connection to Tasmania’s energy network.

“We’re really pleased this important project has been completed by local contractors, TasNetworks, Zinfra and Gradco to a high standard,” Mr Frearson said.

When complete, the Granville Harbour Wind Farm, near Zeehan on Tasmania’s west coast, will provide a significant new source of electricity – up to 360GWh of energy a year, enough to power for 46,000 homes.

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The CEO of TasNetworks, Lance Balcombe, paid tribute to the TasNetworks project team, as well as Zinfra, who’s partnered with TasNetworks to design and construct the line and supporting infrastructure over the past year.

“TasNetworks’ vision is to be trusted by our customers to deliver today and create a better tomorrow. Helping bring up to 112MW of clean, renewable wind power into the Tasmanian network certainly fits that vision.”

The first wind turbine is expected to be fully installed later this month.