Coober Pedy

Energy Developments Limited's Coober Pedy Hybrid Renewables Project - ‎Wind Component

Senvion Australia is delivering the 2-turbine wind energy component of Energy Developments Limited’s Coober Pedy Hybrid Renewables Project.

Each wind turbine has a tip height of over 125 metres, and can produce enough electricity to power around a thousand homes. Turbine installation has been successfully completed.

Further information about EDL’s Hybrid Renewable Energy Project:
Todd Gordon, Commercial Manager, Energy Developments Pty Ltd
Phone: 08 9365 4961

Further information about the wind turbines and installation:
Dale Wiessner, Project Manager, Senvion Australia
Phone: 0400 676 440

Latest news

26 June 2017

Both turbines have been successfully installed and achieved energisation.  Despite some challenging working conditions, our team has welcomed the opportunity to work in Coober Pedy and thanks the local community for their support throughout the process.

18 January 2017

It has been a very exciting couple of weeks with the delivery of major components on site, and the installation of the first turbine underway. Wind, thunderstorms and high temperatures have proved challenging for the onsite installation crew - but the team is ready to leap into action to progress the project when the conditions are suitable. Installation is happening at night to help avoid hot daytime temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius.

20 December 2016

We are very excited to have the main wind turbine components arrive in Port Adelaide.

Project Manager Dale was there with Site Manager Christian and Health and Safety Coordinator Bryan to inspect the blades and nacelle which were all in excellent condition after their sea travels to Australia.

Turbine installation is planned for January next year.

22 November 2016

The delivery of the wind farm component of EDL’s hybrid renewables project is on schedule.

The two tower embedments (embeds) have arrived, transported by Rex Andrews Transport. The embeds were manufactured in Whyalla South Australia by Ottoway Fabrication.  The steel reinforcement for the foundations is now complete, and the concrete for both foundations has been poured.

Senvion Australia CEO Chris Judd visited the site with the Coober Pedy Area School construction students.

As the weather heats up, on site work has been commencing before sunrise.  The warmer weather also means that snakes are becoming increasingly active – and local paramedic, Lee Dale, attended a morning toolbox session to demonstrate how to treat a snake bite.

7 November 2016

Last week we were delighted to host a briefing and site visit for construction students from Coober Pedy Area School. Students were briefed on safe work practices and taken for a tour of the site.

More on Coober Pedy Area School facebook page

The foundation excavations have been approved as ready for concrete by both Project Manager Dale and the geotechnical consultant. The concrete batch plant has been commissioned and calibrated. Work on the foundations and access road pavement construction will continue this week.

1 November 2016

Civil works have been progressing very well.  The road has been roughly cut in, both hardstands are near complete and one foundation is nearly excavated.

26 October 2016

After identifying suspected asbestos on the site, the team immediately implemented a program to safely remove and dispose of this hazardous material. The site has been successfully cleaned up ready for the civil construction works.

OTM Civil Construction has started to build the roads that will be used to access the site and to transport the wind farm components.

This week our HSE Coordinator Peter Firns arrived on site and we held an Emergency Service Meeting that brought together the key people delivering the project with emergency services providers including Mines Rescue and the Police.

19 October 2016

Work has commenced on the wind farm component of EDL’s hybrid renewable energy project. 

  • OTM Civil Construction has installed site offices, and all survey stakes have been installed for the two wind turbine sites.
  • Where possible we are working with local contractors to deliver the wind project. Last week saw the arrival of equipment from Boland’s Backhoe Services arriving on site.
  • Senvion is committed to improving the environment surrounding the turbines and has been picking up rubbish from around the site.

Earthworks will start on Thursday 20 October with the preliminary formation of access roads.

At a community level, we were very pleased to support this year’s Cobra Bike Ride organised by the Umoona Tjutagku Health Service.  Well done to all who participated, particularly given the windy conditions.

4 October 2016

Senvion Project Manager, Dale Wiessner, will be in Coober Pedy from 7th October for three weeks.  He will be accompanied by HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) Coordinator Bryan Matthews. Feel free to contact Dale directly if you have any questions about the wind energy component of the project.

Indicative Timeline

This timeline is indicative and will be updated as the project progresses.

October 2016Civil contractor started work at site
December 2016Wind turbine foundations complete
December 2016Main components arrive at Port Adelaide
January 2017Main components delivered to site
January 2017Turbine installation

February 2017

Turbine energisation

March 2017Turbines commissioned
June/July 2017Turbine reliability testing
August 2017Turbines generating

Key people

Our Team at Coober Pedy:

Dale Wiessner, Project Manager

Dale has been involved in the wind industry since 2010, when he made an ethical decision to join a sustainable engineering profession. As a chartered civil engineer, Dale has played a lead role in delivering the balance of plant component of wind farm projects. This includes engineering management at all development stages – concept, design, construction, operation and maintenance - on NSW, Vic and SA sites. In 2015 Dale assumed responsibility for management of the Bald Hills Wind Farm project. Dale is currently project manager for the turnkey wind farm works for the Coober Pedy Renewable Hybrid Project. Construction of this remote off-grid project will commence in Q4 2016, with the installation of two Senvion MM92 turbines in Q1 2017.

Paul Phelan, Head of Projects

Paul is a professionally qualified Mechanical Engineer and accomplished Project Manager with almost 20 years of experience in the mining, petro chemicals and wind energy industries.

Paul first joined the wind industry in May 2009. He successfully project managed the Oaklands Hill Wind Farm (32 turbines), and the Mt Mercer Wind Farm (64 turbines).

Paul was appointed to the role of Project Manager for Senvion’s market re-entry project in Japan. Paul’s team is responsible for delivering new projects for Senvion Australia.

Jason Beer, Head of Service

Jason is a Mechanical and Computing Engineer and a professionally qualified Project Director with 16 years’ experience in asset management, operations and support roles in the renewable energy marine and defence industries. He has over 12 years of experience leading geographically dispersed teams in performance based maintenance and support activities. He also has broad based experience across design and development programs, subcontracting procurement, and alliance contracting. Jason’s team is responsible for providing operations and maintenance support for the Senvion turbine fleet in Australia and Japan.

Omid Moeini, Service Manager

Omid has worked in the renewable energy sector for over 13 years both in Australia and overseas. In his current role, Omid is responsible for managing and delivering the service and maintenance contracts for projects using Senvion turbines. Throughout his career, Omid has had a strong focus on asset maintenance management systems and solutions, performance and root cause analysis, project management and procurements, technical support and training.