Nacelle factory sets Tasmania on Path to Renewables Leadership

Hydro Tasmania Chairman, Peter Rae, has applauded the decision by Vestas, the world’s leading wind turbine manufacture, to base its Australian nacelle assembly operations in Tasmania.

TASMANIA, Australia – June 4, 2002 [] The nacelle is the 57-ton unit of generating and control equipment, which sits on top of the wind turbine tower. “This decision will see Tasmania leading the country as a green powerhouse,” he said. “Not only will the state make a significant contribution to achieving Australia’s renewables target, it will also be the base for wind turbine component manufacture and assembly in Australia and potentially the whole region.” “Hydro Tasmania’s development plans for wind farms and hydro enhancements together with the production of wind turbine components manufactured using our own green power, will put Tasmania on the international renewables map.” With Basslink in place Hydro Tasmania will export its Renewable Energy into the National Electricity Market and the state will export wind turbine components. Last February, Hydro Tasmania announced its agreement with Vestas for the supply of an unconditional order for 128 MW of wind turbines. “Hydro Tasmania’s 128 MW order and plans for the Woolnorth, Musselroe and Heemskirk wind farm developments and the expected growth nationally in the wind energy market has motivated this decision by Vestas to base its facility in Tasmania,” he said. The 10.5-megawatt stage one of the Woolnorth wind farm will be completed by the end of June and work on the 54-megawatt Bluff Point stage two will start in August with completion expected in the latter part of 2003. “Very soon we will see even greater local benefits flowing to the local community from Hydro Tasmania’s renewables program,” Rae said. “Increased direct employment in wind turbine manufacturing, the construction and operation of wind farms together with the indirect employment in the additional tourism, will all add to the benefits to be felt by Tasmanians.”
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