Engel hails Aussie wind progress

Blades arrive in Australia en route to Macarthur

Blades arrive in Australia en route to Macarthur

Completion of the giant Macarthur wind farm shows the potential of the Australian wind market, now that the country’s political and regulatory set up seems to be heading in the right direction, Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel tells Recharge.

At 420MW, Macarthur is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest wind farm. The project – which comprises 140 Vestas V112-3MW turbines – is located in the west of Victoria, 300km west of Melbourne.

Operators Australia’s AGL and New Zealand’s Meridian have invested A$1bn ($1.04bn) in the wind farm.

Engel was speaking by telephone from Australia, where he will be taking part in the formal opening of Macarthur on Friday.

“When we signed the order in August 2010 the V112 turbine was still in the process of being developed, and a lot of due diligence was made to move ahead with this Log in to read complete article.

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