Collgar March 2012 – Operational

Practical Completion was reached on 16th March 2012 which marked the official sign off of construction and the formal beginning of the Operation Phase of the wind farm. All 111 wind turbines have been successfully generating since October 2011 and the Collgar/ Vestas service and maintenance team is complete and based on site.

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The Collgar Viewing Platform, located on Bulls Head Road, is completed and is the main public information point for the project. The platform is located in close proximity to a wind turbine and houses display boards presenting Collgar specific project information plus the Shire of Merredin local environmental and tourist information. The display boards will be updated quarterly with wind energy facts and are kept up to date with relevant information for the life of the project.

The Collgar Wind Farm town display in the Merredin Visitor Centre houses a miniature version of our wind turbine and showcases some project photos and wind energy facts. The Collgar fact sheet is also available as a brochure.

Collgar have been working with the Shire of Merredin to establish the Collgar Community Fund, information will be available on our website when the documentation is finalised.

Aerial photographs were taken of the wind farm to try and capture the span of the wind farm and to celebrate the impressive nature of this project. Check out the photos in the Gallery.

Updated October 2011

At the end of October 2011, all of the 111 WTGs were fully commissioned and generating. All Construction works are complete and the production and export of renewable energy from the wind farm commenced into the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) on the 14th May 2011, with all 111 WTGs generating by the end of October 2011.

The following list represents key construction milestones:

  • All civil and structural works including roads are complete
  • Turbine erection completed June 2011
  • All 111 Wind Turbines generating energy
  • All overhead and underground cabling installation complete

Updated March 2011

Construction works are well underway on the project, with all major plant and equipment being either on site or in storage in Bunbury awaiting delivery.

The following list represents key construction milestones:

  • Turbine footings targeted for completion mid March 2011
  • Access roads targeted for completion end April 2011
  • Turbine erection targeted for completion June 2011, currently 50 completed
  • Connection to WA electrical grid targeted for early April 2011
  • First electrical generation targeted for December 2011
  • Concrete batching plant targeted for de-commissioning end of March 2011

Updated August 2010

A major milestone for the Collgar Wind Farm has been reached with the commencement of site works for the construction of internal roads and hardstand areas for each of the 111 turbines being built in the first phase of the project.

Road grading works have begun nearly a month ahead of schedule to push in approximately 88km of roads to the turbines that will be built across the 13,000 hectare site. Access roads were surveyed and after consultation with each landowner, construction has commenced at the northern end of the site, with works progressing to the southern end of site. The main site access road has also been completed, along with the set up of temporary site offices, batch plant bench, construction compound and engineering workshop.

Works are continuing on the Western Power substation bench, site batching plant, set up of soil laboratory and borrow pit. Throughout July mobilisation of heavy equipment for the creation of hardstands and foundation construction continued along with ongoing design reviews and works and it is anticipated that the pouring of the concrete footings will commence by mid August.

Updated April 2010

Collgar Wind Farm Pty Ltd commenced early works on site for the Collgar Wind Farm project on 16th November 2009. The early works consist of preparation for construction of the onsite substation and detailed geotechnical testing across the site. These early works will be complete by mid-April 2010.

The project is expecting to issue a full notice to proceed with construction work at the end of March 2010, with mobilisation on site and commencement of construction works in June 2010. Contractual arrangements for turbine supply and balance of plant works have been finalised and details will be disclosed once the full notice to proceed is issued.

Details of all parties who have contacted Collgar Wind Farm and expressed interest in the project will be forwarded to the successful contractors, who will utilise local services and labour where required.