Hydro Tasmania is seeking planning approval to develop a 140 MW wind plant on the north east coast of Tasmania. If approved, the A$270 million Musselroe Wind Farm will be built on private land near Little Musselroe Bay, 60 kilometres from Scottsdale, and could meet the electricity needs of 55,000 households in the area. "At this stage our development proposal includes the 1.75 MW Vestas V66 or the 2 MW Vestas V80 machines and the total number installed could be as many as 70-80," says the company's Ron Steenbergen. "The best case scenario for early approvals seems to be around August or September 2003." If this happens, he anticipates work on developing the transmission line could begin in the first quarter of 2004 and on the wind farm three to six months later. The project could then become fully operational in 2006. Around 200 construction jobs will be created and, Steenbergen notes, "more than $50 million would be injected into the north-east economy over the life of the wind farm." The project will be on a similar scale to Hydro Tasmania's 130 MW Woolnorth wind farm, the first stage of which has been completed (Windpower Monthly, December 2002).
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