Transport of Wellington wind farm turbines to start soon

The Bodangora Wind Farm project near Welllington is moving into the next phase with upgrade work on roads to allow massive pieces of equipment to be carried to the site.

Work at the Bodangora Wind Farm. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Work at the Bodangora Wind Farm. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Turbine components for the Infigen Energy wind farm, which will generate 361 gigawatt hours or enough energy to power 49,000 homes, arrived in Newcastle before Christmas.

Site manager for Infigen Gavin Paul said around 10 base rings have arrived on site to date, however bigger components won’t arrive until late January through to February once upgrade work on the Gillinghall Road is complete.

Due to the sheer size of the turbine components, the loads will be transported individually using specially designed trucks. 

Each truck will be accompanied by escort vehicles as an additional safety measure, and some oversized deliveries will also have police escorts.

All main turbine deliveries will arrive via the Castlereagh Highway, Goolma Road, before turning onto Gillinghall Road and on the windfarm site access roads.

“The first big piece of gear to arrive will be the switch room and the transformer in early February,” Mr Paul said.

“They will be transporting them from Newcastle and should arrive between 10am and 2pm each day once they start coming, but that won’t be until the end of this month.”

The wind blades are 63.7 metres long and weigh over 15 tonnes each. 

The nacelle, which houses the turbine’s generating components, weighs 96 tonnes. It will take approximately 9-10 trucks to deliver each turbine.

The turbine parts are shipped from all over the world: blades from Turkey and China, towers from Malaysia, and nacelles from Germany.

When completed, the wind farm will comprise a total of 33 turbines.

Precise timing of deliveries to Bodangora may change due to traffic conditions and other external factors. 

Most deliveries are scheduled to occur daily between Monday to Saturday, and are planned to arrive at Gillinghall Road between 10am and 2pm.

Road detours will be put into place over the coming weeks.

Upgrades will begin on the Gillinghall Road over the next fortnight with road users encouraged to use the the Driel Creek Road to access the area.