Victoria start on first stage of project

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Primergy, the Australian partner of Dutch wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey, is monitoring winds near Portland on the southwest coast of Victoria in the first stage of a proposed A$40 million wind farm. Depending on the results of the monitoring, on private property at Cape Nelson, Primergy will apply for a siting permit and undertake environmental, heritage and geophysical assessments and consult with the local community, says the company's Len Humphreys. A subsidiary of Private Energy Partners, Primergy is based in Brisbane. It is to make Lagerwey 750 kW turbines under licence and possibly the 1.5 MW Lagerwey too. The company is also involved with the commercialisation of a "diffuser augmented" 1 MW design from New Zealand, the Vortec. Initially Primergy will make turbines for its own developments and export Lagerwey's ring generator component to Japan, says the company's David Scaysbrook. Other wind projects are being investigated for possible future development in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. Scaysbrook sees Primergy's Australian projects as, "A stepping stone that we will consolidate over the next two or three years before expanding internationally." Primergy aims to build, own and operate a range of projects and help commercialise renewables. The Primergy team brings together expertise in the development of over 8000 MW of power projects in 11 countries. It is working towards commercialising ocean wave and tidal current technology in conjunction with Energetech Australia and is also looking at catalyst methanation technology for biomass systems.

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