Suzlon Energy Australia will build Trustpower's 88.2 MW Snowtown wind farm on the Hummock and Barunga Ranges, 170 kilometres North West of Adelaide in South Australia. Under the terms of the turnkey contract, Suzlon will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the A$200 million (EUR 121.8 million) project, which will use 21 Suzlon 2.1 MW wind turbines. Suzlon will also provide operations and maintenance services for TrustPower, a New Zealand company, after the wind farm is commissioned. Construction is to start in April, with turbines to be progressively commissioned up to November 2008. South Australian transmission company ElectraNet is constructing a high voltage substation and a short transmission line to connect the new wind farm into its grid. Meanwhile, long term energy and renewable credit agreements have been secured, which will see finance in place for at least the next ten years. The project will only use around one-third of the Snowtown site, leaving the opportunity for further development, adds Trustpower. "Snowtown Stage 1 will provide Trustpower with the beachhead into the Australian electricity market," it says.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol