A boost for the region
With construction of the first stage of Nexif Energy’s Lincoln Gap wind farm well underway, the community is already seeing the benefits that renewable energy projects can bring to a region.
A local recruitment drive for wind turbine technicians has been very successful, with six people from the region selected to join the Senvion team. Specialised training has commenced, and the team will gain experience during the construction, installation and commissioning of the wind farm to be ready to support the ongoing operation of the wind farm.
Major components, such as wind turbine blades and nacelles, are coming through the Port of Whyalla, which is helping to position the Port as a major transport hub for the region.
Senvion is the turbine supplier and EPC contractor for the wind farm. The first turbine blades have been delivered to site, and are currently the longest in Australia at 68.5 metres long.
In addition to the economic benefits, Senvion is also actively supporting community initiatives. Earlier in the year, Senvion sponsored the specially-designed uniforms celebrating Indigenous involvement with the South Augusta football club. More recently, Senvion led a coordinated effort to raise money for Headspace/Country and Outback Health as part of RUOK day.
Mark Whitehead is Senvion Australia’s Site Manager for the project. A Port Augusta local, he is seeing first-hand how projects like the Lincoln Gap wind farm can benefit a region.
As someone with strong personal connections to the local community here, it has been great to see the Lincoln Gap wind farm delivering real opportunities for local people. We have terrific wind energy resources - and I see a great future for clean energy in this part of the world.
The first stage of the Lincoln Gap wind farm will feature 35 Senvion 3.6M140 EBC turbines, which will be the first from Senvion's three-megawatt range to be installed in Australia. When fully complete, the Lincoln Gap wind farm will produce enough energy to power 155,000 households in South Australia.