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VIDEO: 337.5-tonne superload arrives at Golden Plains Wind Farm

Two 337.5 tonne transformers have now arrived at TagEnergy’s $2 billion stage one development of Golden Plains Wind Farm in Rokewood, after travelling from Geelong Port.

The trip took place on Sunday October 29, with the loads measuring approximately 70 metres long and around 4.6 metres wide.

The first shipment for the project arrived at Geelong Port in late September.

The mammoth project will feature 122 Vestas wind turbines, with 1464 components being shipped on 22 vessels to Geelong Port over the course of several months.

The major components include 366 blades, 732 tower sections and 122 individual “powertrains”, which make up the gearbox and the generator – including nacelles, which cover the generator functions at the top of the wind turbine, and hubs that are positioned at the centre of the three blades.

Foundations for around a third of the wind turbines have already been constructed at the site, including the installation of tower anchor cages used to hold down the tower sections.

GeelongPort’s chief executive officer, Brett Winter, said the port was delighted to be partnering with TagEnergy and Vestas in facilitating these huge deliveries.

“It is a complex operation to move these massive wind turbine components safely and efficiently, and GeelongPort has the unique infrastructure, expertise and location to handle a project of this magnitude,” he said.

According to those involved in the project, once completed, the first stage of Golden Plains Wind Farm will generate enough clean energy to power approximately 450,000 homes and prevent over 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

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