Siemens has secured a contract to supply turbines to the A$250m ($182m) Hornsdale wind farm project in South Australia.


Under the contract with Neoen Australia, Siemens will deliver 32 of its SWT-3.2-113 direct drive wind turbines for the project, which will be built 90km south-east of Port Augusta.

The company will provide the related civil and electrical infrastructure. The deal also includes a long-term service agreement.

Upon completion, the project is estimated to generate more than 400 gigawatt hours of energy per year, enough to meet power requirement of over 70,000 homes.

It will contribute to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government’s goal of generating 90% of renewable energy by 2020.

The ACT government will buy the project’s output under a 20-year power purchase deal.

On-site construction works are scheduled to begin in January next year and complete in April 2017.

Earlier this year, Neoen secured the license from the ACT government to develop the Hornsdale project. It has potential to increase to 270MW, after the initial 100MW phase.

The energy generated from the wind farm will be transmitted via underground cabling or overhead transmission line to a central cable marshalling point at the onsite substation, which will be situated adjacent to the 275kV power line that runs through the site area.

The substation will then link directly into the National Electricity Transmission Grid.

Siemens Australia head of energy David Pryke said the project demonstrated a win-win for all stakeholders.

"The new Hornsdale wind farm is good for the economy, good for the environment and, importantly, good for the ACT."

Image: Siemens will deliver 32 of its SWT-3.2-113 direct drive wind turbines for the Hornsdale project in South Australia. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.