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About the project

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future.
We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples on the lands on which our sites are located and commit to building a brighter future together.

The proposed Hills of Gold Wind Farm is located about 5km south of Hanging Rock and 8km south-east of Nundle and is contained within three Local Government Areas: Tamworth Regional Council, Upper Hunter Shire Council, and Liverpool Plains Shire Council.
 

The Project will involve the construction, commissioning and operation of a wind farm with up to 70 wind turbine generators and associated ancillary infrastructure to support a generating capacity of up to 420 megawatts.
 

Once constructed, and with the backing of ENGIE’s local and global expertise in renewable energy, the Hills of Gold Wind Farm will supply up to 1,100 gigawatt hours per annum, the equivalent energy to power 185,000 average Australian homes.

 

Key highlights of the Project:
 

  • Construction of the Project is expected to start in early 2022

  • Over 215 direct jobs and about 430 indirect jobs expected during the construction phase

  • About 30 permanent jobs and 50 indirect jobs when operational, including the opportunity to develop new skills in the region within the growing renewable energy industry

  • Up to 70 wind turbines, each with a generating capacity of up to 6MW per unit

  • Hills of Gold Community Enhancement Fund to be established, with a commitment of $3,000 per turbine per year installed and operating, expected over a period of at least 25 years.

About ENGIE

ENGIE is the largest independent power provider in the world and has had a presence in Australia for more than 20 years through its retail and multi-technical services businesses and 1,200 MW of low-carbon power stations. ENGIE developed and commissioned the Willogoleche Wind Farm in 2019, which added to its growing portfolio of renewable energy assets and developments. 

Overview of proposed Hills of Gold Wind Farm

Subject to project approvals the proposed wind farm could include wind turbines as well as associated infrastructure including:

Wind turbines 
Following further consultation and a greater understanding of the proposed site and surrounding areas, there has been a revision from 97 to 70 wind turbine generators (WTGs) including towers, blades, and a generator housing. The turbine towers will be supported by underground concrete foundations. The turbine may include internal transformer and protection equipment or have this equipment co-located in a small housing next to the turbine base.

Access tracks
The construction of the wind farm will require the improvement of some local public roads and bridges leading up to the project site. Each turbine will be linked to project roads using gravel tracks. Each turbine location will also include a gravel area to support the cranes used to lift the turbine components.

Electrical cables
Turbines will be linked by an underground 33kV electrical cabling and fibre optic communications cabling.

Substation/switchyard
A substation will collect the internal underground 33kV cables and step up the voltage to 330kV in order to transmit power to the national electricity market. The project will assess a range of connection options to determine the most suitable route.

Meteorological monitoring masts
Multiple lattice frame masts extending to the generator height will be constructed to enable monitoring of wind speed and direction

Ancillary facilities
A maintenance and storage shed will be constructed together with a site office and car parking facilities
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