Sapphire Wind Farm

The Sapphire Wind Farm is to be located in the Kings Plains area of New South Wales, 18 kilometres west of Glen Innes and 28 kilometres east of Inverell, New South Wales. The project which will comprise 75 x Vestas V126 3.6 MW wind turbine generators will commence construction in late 2016. The proposed 75 wind turbines will be 200 m to blade tip and occupy freehold land within and adjacent to agricultural areas. The proposed site is located in the Local Government Areas (LGA) of Glen Innes Severn and Inverell.

Background

When first announced in May 2009 the Project consisted of up to 178 turbines spread over 28 different properties. Prior to the submission of assessment documentation in 2011, the Project was revised to up to 159 turbines spread over 23 different properties to take into account additional modelling of the wind speed, consultation with nearby stakeholders and the consideration of different turbine models available to the market.

Following a modification in early 2016, the project now comprises 109 approved wind turbine locations with a maximum blade tip height of 200 m; 75 of these approved locations are being taken forward into construction.

For full assessment information on this project, visit the Department of Planning and Environment website.

Construction

The project will be delivered by the following contractors:

To the following anticipated key program dates:

  • Site Est. / Start of Construction Nov 2016
  • Road and Substation Jan 2017
  • First Foundation Feb 2017
  • Delivery of Main Transformer Sep 2017
  • WTG Component Delivery Sep 2017
  • WTG Installation Sep 2017
  • WTG Commissioning Nov 2017
  • First Generation Dec 2017
  • Completion Jun 2018

The Proponent

Sapphire Wind Farm is being developed by CWP Renewables.

CWP Renewables has grown from a joint-venture between two leading renewable energy developers; Continental Wind Partners and the Wind Prospect Group with over 20 years of renewable energy development experience around the world. CWP Renewables was founded in 2008 with a focus to develop wind farm projects in NSW, and since expanded to include solar PV in NSW, Queensland and South Australia.

CWP Renewables is a full-scope renewable energy developer with skills and experience ranging from site identification, wind monitoring, through to financing, construction and operations management. Leading team members which delivered projects at Continental Wind Partners and the Wind Prospect Group were recruited to form CWP Renewables. The team, based in Newcastle (NSW), Adelaide (SA) Canberra (ACT) along with two site offices at Boco Rock (NSW) and Taralga (NSW) has delivered in total over 2,400 MW of planning approvals and nearly 1,000 MW constructed to date.

Consultation and Local Opportunities

CWP Renewables have developed an online community consultation website to provide a regular source of information on the Sapphire Wind Farm for the local community and other interested parties.

This website can be accessed at via the Sapphire Wind Farm website.

Of particular note, CWP Renewables are interested in hearing from skilled local service providers that have interest in working on or with the proponent to deliver the project. A space has been provided within the website for contractors to register their details, skills and interest, and is accessible via http://sapphirewindfarm.com.au/contractors

For more information on any of these matters, please contact - Edward Mounsey, Chief Operating Officer at CWP Renewables on 0428 998 311.

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