Senvion, a manufacturer of wind turbines with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, will install the first 35 turbines of the 59-turbine Lincoln Gap wind farm in South Australia.
The Lincoln Gap wind farm will feature the Senvion 3.6M140 EBC turbine, which will be the first from Senvion's 3 MW range to be installed in Australia. Senvion first announced the contract to deliver over 300 MW of wind energy for Nexif Energy for the Lincoln Gap wind farm in South Australia and the Glen Innes wind farm in New South Wales in February 2017.
"This effective contract for the installation of the first 35 turbines at the Lincoln Gap wind farm is a significant milestone for Senvion. It also marks the introduction of the Senvion 3.6M140 turbine to Australia,” said Raymond Gilfedder, CEO and Managing Director of Senvion Australia.
The Senvion 3.6M140 EBC turbine is one of the company’s largest onshore turbines and is equipped with the load-reducing pitch control system Eco Blade Control (EBC) technology enabling optimized load management even in challenging wind conditions.
The turbine also features a newly designed steel tower and a larger rotor diameter of 140 meters, which the company states generates high yields even at lower wind speeds. The first prototype installation of the 3.6M140 EBC was completed in Husum, Germany, in September of this year.
The Lincoln Gap wind farm is located near Port Augusta, South Australia. The first 35 turbines installed will deliver 126 MW of renewable energy to Australian consumers. This stage of the project is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2018. When complete, the Lincoln Gap wind farm will produce enough energy to power 155,000 households in South Australia. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is the financier for the project, and Nexif Energy is providing the equity. Senvion worked closely with Nexif Energy to support achievement of financial close.
ZekiAkbas, CEO of Nexif Energy's Australian business, concluded, "Senvion has been a valuable partner in the progression of the Lincoln Gap wind farm through development, and has provided valuable support as we worked to optimize the contracting program."