Project Overview

The Project

The Winterbourne Wind Farm is a proposed renewable energy development in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales near the town of Walcha.  The project will consist of up to 126 locations with a combined maximum capacity of up to 700 MW.  The project may be built in one or more stages to meet the needs of the National Electricity Market. The turbines will reach an estimated maximum height of 250m from the foundation to the uppermost blade tip.  

The wind farm project will include approximately 30km of 330kV overhead transmission lines and will connect into a new switchyard proposed to be built near Uralla, NSW.  The project will also include internal electrical reticulation (both overhead and underground), new and upgraded access roads, temporary construction facilities, concrete batching plants, and maintenance buildings.

The proposed project will deliver renewable, low-cost energy to the national grid, and will contribute to the NSW Government’s net-zero emissions target by 2050.  The project will provide a significant amount of the new generation capacity which will be required when the Liddell Power Station is retired as planned in 2023. 

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The Benefits

The project will deliver significant benefits to the New England region and local communities, including

Significant investment in the New England region

Opportunities for local contractors and businesses

Up to 300 new jobs expected to be created during construction

Around 16 long-term service and maintenance jobs created during project operation

Development of new skilled labour in the region within the growing renewable energy industry

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