Independent power producer Neoen Australia has awarded a contract to Siemens to supply of 32 SWT-3.2-113 direct drive wind turbines for the 100MW Hornsdale power plant in South Australia.


The contract covers associated civil and electrical infrastructure, and also has an option for long-term service agreement.

The project is backed by the Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Work on the A$250m (€166m) wind project is scheduled to commence immediately.

The facility will generate over 400GWh of power annually, equivalent to a fifth of electricity consumption in the territory.

Power generated from the Hornsdale facility will be sold to Australian Capital Territory (ACT) under 20-year deal at a fixed price.

The project is expected to contribute to the government’s plan to generate 90% of power from renewable sources by 2020.

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell said: "As one of the winners of our first wind auction, Hornsdale plays a critical role in helping the ACT to achieve its 90% renewable target."

Image: Hornsdale wind project in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will feature Siemens-built turbines. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.