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British consortium Wind prospect gets green light for 50 MW at Woakwine

Wind Prospect, a British consortium that includes developer EnXco and US based Zilkha Renewable Energy, has won provisional planning approval to develop a 50 MW wind farm on the Woakwine Range, east of Lake Bonney in South Australia. The company's Michael Vawser says the local Wattle Range Council unanimously approved the project in early May and support from the local community has been "overwhelmingly positive." Final approval for the 30 turbine project is still outstanding with a submission to Environment Australia yet to be made. The connection agreement with transmission network owner ElectraNet is in negotiation. Wind Prospect is likely to be competing with Babcock and Brown for access to the 132 kV transmission line at the Snuggery substation, ten kilometres from the site. The interconnector is earmarked for use for Babcock and Brown's 80.5 MW wind farm, also located on the Woakwine Range. Vawser admits the network may not be equipped to deal with the combined output of both projects. Wind Prospect also has provisional planning approval for two other wind farms in South Australia -- the 25 turbine Green Point project and the 35 turbine Yabmana project. Both are awaiting final approvals.

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