A joint venture between companies in Western Australia and Queensland has won a A$180 million (EUR 111 million) contract to develop a 79.2 MW wind farm at Emu Downs, near Lancelin, 200 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. The wind farm will consist of 48 Vestas 1.65 MW turbines and is being developed by local firm Griffin Energy together with Stanwell Corporation of Queensland. It will supply power to a A$387 million (EUR 238.7 million) desalination plant, currently being built at Kwinana. Site work on the wind farm is due to start soon with shipment of the turbines scheduled for early 2006, with commissioning set for the second half of the year. Once online the wind plant will produce enough clean energy to power 50,000 homes a year and save 220,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. The electricity generated will be sold to state run utility Western Power.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol