Commissioning of Bluff Point, the 54 MW stage two of Hydro Tasmania's Woolnorth wind farm, is now well underway. The wind farm was connected to Transend's transmission network in January and the first turbine began feeding power to the grid early last month. To date, 26 of the planned 31 Vestas turbines have been installed on site, says Hydro Tasmania's Andrew Pattle. "We have commissioned five of the 1.75 MW wind turbines on stage two and expect the commissioning of all 31 turbines to be complete by the end of April," he says. Upon completion of Bluff Point, Woolnorth's total installed capacity will be 64.5 MW. Further development is planned to bring the wind farm up to 130 MW. It is the first of three large scale wind projects planned for Tasmania by the company. The others are the 140 MW Musselroe wind farm on the north east coast, and the 160 MW Heemskirk wind farm on the west coast -- both are currently being considered for planning approval.
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