PowerEarth is proud to have been part of the Macarthur Wind Farm project from the very beginning. We were contracted to do the commissioning of the original project and have now been engaged to provide the 10-year maintenance of the wind farm infrastructure.
The Macarthur Wind Farm is one of the largest in the world, with a capacity of 420 megawatts. It is located in southwest Victoria, about 160 kilometres from Melbourne. The wind farm has 140 turbines, each with a height of 100 metres and a rotor diameter of 80 metres.
The project was completed in 2013 and since then, PowerEarth has been providing ongoing maintenance services. We have a team of qualified engineers who carry out regular inspections and maintenance tasks to ensure the continued operation of the wind farm.
PowerEarth previously supported CPB to evaluate compliance of the Macarthur wind farm high voltage earthing systems. Tests were to consider effects from power system earth faults and the overall safety of the entire installation.
The power system configuration for the Macarthur Wind Farm consisted of a 132kV transmission line between Tarrone and Macarthur Substation. The local wind farm system is predominately cabled, with two remote groups of turbines connected via 33kV transmission line and cable combination. The entire local system is bonded via high voltage cable screens and overhead earth wires.
The Macarthur Wind Farm is one of Australia’s largest renewable energy projects, and it’s been a great success. The farm produces enough electricity to power around 320,000 homes, and it’s had a positive impact on the local economy.
PowerEarth is committed to sustainable energy and we are proud to be part of a project that is making such a positive difference to the environment, and we’re committed to providing our services for as long as the wind farm is in operation.
We thank AGL & Vestas for continuing to choose PowerEarth as its partner in sustainable energy. We look forward to continuing to work with them to create a cleaner, brighter future for all.
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