Standing tall at Timboon

Set to turn: Timboon West now has a new skyline with the first of two new wind turbines erected this week. The second is expected to be in place by mid September.

KEEN-EYED Timboon locals might have noticed the first of two wind turbines being installed last week.

The first turbine was installed, with two of three blades also in place.

The two turbine wind farm project on East and West Road got under way in March after gaining government approval last year.

Speaking with the Cobden Timboon Coast Times, BayWa r.e. managing director David Shapero was pleased with the progress of the project.

“It’s all going without a hitch so far,” he said.

“We have two blades up on the first turbine and the last blade was scheduled to go up today (Friday) weather permitting.

“It can take a good couple of hours to install each blade.”

Near completion: Works on the Timboon West Wind Farm continued last week with the arrival of the first of two turbines at the site.

Mr Shapero said the first turbine would need to be completed and the cranes dismantled before work could start on the second turbine.

“It looks like the second turbine might be started to be lifted mid week,” he said.

“Currently we’re on track to be complete by around September 13.

“At this stage it’s (the project) gone to schedule. We’re hopeful we’re going to be on track for the first turning in late September.”

The Timboon West site does not require any transmission towers to be built for the project, with all electrical cables to be buried underground.

The two wind towers will have a tower height of 87 metres with 63 metre long blades, with the total tip height to the blades with a maximum height of 150 metres.

The site was expected to have a capacity of 7.2 MW – with an equivalent energy usage of around 4500 households – and will connect to the existing power lines running adjacent to the site.

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