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Wilson Transformer Company to supply Victorian-made transformers to Global Power Generation’s Ryan Corner Wind Farm

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GPG Australia is committed to utilising substantial local content in its wind farms and supporting the development of Australia’s renewable energy industry

Global Power Generation (GPG) Australia today announced that AusNet Services has awarded Victoria-based Wilson Transformer Company a contract to supply transformers for the Ryan Corner Wind Farm. The two 120 MVA (132/33kV) transformers will help transfer the energy generated at the wind farm, owned, and operated by GPG Australia, to the electricity network.

AusNet Services, the owner and operator of the Victorian electricity transmission network, has been engaged by GPG Australia to plan, own, and operate the transmission line for the Ryan Corner Wind Farm.

Established in Victoria in 1933, Wilson Transformer Company is the largest Australian-owned and based manufacturer of power and distribution transformers, operating two manufacturing facilities in Glen Waverley and Wodonga, respectively.

“We are delighted that Wilson Transformer Company will supply these two transformers to the Ryan Corner Wind Farm. The renewable energy transition is well underway and there are significant opportunities for Australian companies to design and manufacture products and services to meet the rapidly growing demand for green energy. We look forward to supporting the development of Australia’s renewable energy industry and collaborating with AusNet Services, Wilson Transformer Company, and other leading Australian technology providers on many more wind farm projects in the future,” said Camino Cabanillas, GPG Project Manager.

The Ryan Corner Wind Farm site is located in south-western Victoria, within the Moyne Shire Local Government Area. Covering an area of approximately 3,600 hectares, the project will be comprised of 52 turbines of 4.2MW each, with a total output of approximately 218MW. It will connect to the grid via a 132kV overhead transmission line to the existing 500kV Tarrone Terminal Station. Work on the Ryan Corner Wind Farm is expected to commence in late 2021.

“Wilson Transformer Company has demonstrated expertise in providing quality transformers,” said Damien Sanford, General Manager Infrastructure at AusNet Services. “We look forward to working with them to deliver this significant project that is helping Victoria transition its electricity supply to cleaner, renewable energy sources.”

Wilson Transformer Company Managing Director Ed Wilson said the contract is an endorsement of the Company’s commitment to supporting local critical energy infrastructure by delivering high-quality and reliable transformer solutions.

“The transformers will be manufactured and tested in our state-of-the-art manufacturing factory in Melbourne before being delivered to site,” said Ed Wilson.

“Building transformers locally proves the strategic manufacturing capability within Australia, contributes to the local employment of around 600 people across our facilities in metropolitan and regional Victoria and enables close collaboration with our customers.”

About GPG and its parent company Naturgy Group

Global Power Generation (GPG) is the international energy generation arm of Spain-based Naturgy Group (Naturgy). GPG has accumulated extensive experience developing over 4GW of power generation projects in 9 countries across the world and currently employs around 520 people worldwide.

Naturgy Group, parent company of GPG, is a pioneering multinational group in gas and electricity integration, operating in more than 20 countries, with 16 million customers, and 9,335 employees, of which more than 50% work outside of Spain. As of 2020, the Group has an installed capacity of 15,333 MW, an EBITDA of 3,714 million euros and the value of its assets amounts to 39,545 million euros.

For further information on GPG Australia and the Ryan Corner Wind Farm, please visit http://globalpower-generation.com.au/

About AusNet Services

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, AusNet’s purpose is to connect communities with energy and accelerate a sustainable future. AusNet is the largest diversified energy network business in Victoria and owns and operates over $11 billion of regulated and contracted assets. It owns and operates three core regulated networks: electricity distribution, gas distribution and the state-wide electricity transmission network, as well as a significant portfolio of contracted energy infrastructure. It also owns and operates energy and technical services businesses (which trade under the name “Mondo”). AusNet engages over 1,500 employees to service over 1.5 million customers across Victoria and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:AST). www.ausnetservices.com.au  

About Wilson Transformer Company

Wilson Transformer Company is a leading specialist in the delivery of transformer solutions based in Australia.

Naturgy signs power purchase agreement (PPA) with Telstra to build 58 MW wind farm in New South Wales, Australia

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The Crookwell 3 wind farm is designed to generate enough energy to power 40,000 households.

Telstra and Naturgy, through its international power generation subsidiary Global Power Generation (GPG), announced today they have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to build a 58 megawatt (MW) wind farm located near Goulburn in New South Wales. The wind farm, called Crookwell 3, will commence construction in the last quarter of 2021 and is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2023. GPG will invest approximately AUD120 million (equivalent to approximately €76 million) to develop the Crookwell 3 wind farm.

Under the long term PPA, Telstra has committed to procure 80% of the energy generated by the wind farm. The project fully complies with Naturgy’s investment and profitability criteria.

GPG CEO, Francisco Bustio, said, “GPG is committed to playing an important role in the development of Australia’s renewable energy industry and supporting the energy transition through the generation of clean, renewable energy.”

The wind farm is designed to generate the energy needed to power the equivalent of 40,000 households. It will also contribute to the local economy and help build capabilities within Australia’s renewable energy industry. Approximately 95 direct jobs will be created during the construction phase, and a further 6 permanent jobs will be created to support the ongoing operations of the wind farm.

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The Crookwell 3 wind farm will be Naturgy’s sixth investment in Australia, through its subsidiary GPG. Already one of the top 3 independent renewable energy companies in Australia, this new project will see Naturgy reach 750 MW of renewable energy generation projects in the country with secured PPAs.

GPG currently operates the Crookwell 2 wind farm (91 MW), in New South Wales, with a PPA awarded by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government. In addition, the Berrybank 1 wind farm (180 MW) in Victoria, which was awarded a PPA by the Victorian Government, has recently commenced operations. The Berrybank 2 wind farm (109 MW), with a PPA awarded by the ACT Government, has started construction, and is due to be completed in the second half of 2022. As part of the commitments associated to this project, GPG is constructing a 10MW/20MWh battery located in the ACT that will support energy distribution on the ACT electricity grid.

GPG has already secured Corporate PPAs with other tier one corporate off-takers for two additional wind farm projects that will be located in Victoria: the Ryan Corner wind farm (218 MW) and the Hawkesdale wind farm (97MW).

Naturgy has an additional portfolio of more than 650 MW of projects in Victoria and New South Wales in different stages of development which will drive the sustainable growth of GPG in Australia.

About Global Power Generation (GPG)

Global Power Generation (GPG) is the international energy generation arm of Spain-based Naturgy. GPG has accumulated extensive experience developing over 4GW of power generation projects in 9 countries across the world and currently employs around 520 people worldwide.

Naturgy, parent company of GPG, is a pioneering multinational group in gas and electricity integration, operating in more than 20 countries, with 16 million customers, and 9,335 employees, of which more than 50% work outside of Spain. As of 2020, the Group has an installed capacity of 15,333 MW, an EBITDA of 3,714 million euros and the value of its assets amounts to 39,545 million euros.

Picture: Opening ceremony of GPG’s Crookwell II wind farm in Australia

GPG Australia supports the construction of first Renewable Energy training tower at Federation University Australia in Ballarat.

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The tower is the first stage of the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy training Centre – a partnership between Federation TAFE and the renewable energy industry. Moreover, is part of federation university’s broader plan to become the leading training and research partner for Australia’s renewable energy industry.

The AUS$ 1.8 million project is funded by GPG, Vestas, Acciona and Tilt renewables to allow the renewable energy companies to train workers locally in Ballarat, the gateway to Victoria’s major windfarm projects in the state’s west.

The aim of the project is to feature ladders and safety equipment to give students real-world experience when training to work in the wind industry, or other industries that require working at heights, such as construction and maintenance.

Construction on the new wind turbine training tower is expected to be finished later this year, with stage two get underway in 2022. This includes a classroom, workshop, and training equipment to deliver specialized training courses, such as wind turbine maintenance and blade repair.

Once completed, federation TAFE will be the only training provider in Australia able to deliver the global wind organization (GWO) basic safety training and refresher training courses from a simulated wind turbine tower. The GWO accreditation is required to work on wind turbines in Australia and around the world.

The six-month intensive course allows electricians, mechanical fitters, and automotive technicians to gain the skills needed to work in Australia’s growing wind energy industry. it includes an internship with wind turbine manufacturers and service organizations, covering electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems training.

David Santo Tomás Menocal, GPG Project Director: “Federation University’s new training program and facility will play a critical role in training tradespeople for the thousands of job opportunities that will be created by the transition to renewable energy in Australia.”

GPG Australia is delighted to contribute to this important initiative, and it is looking forward to employing graduates of the program at wind farms that we develop in the future.

Naturgy signs long-term energy sales contract to build a 97 MW wind farm Hawkesdale Victoria, Australia

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  • This deal increases GPG installed capacity in the country to over 700 MW.
  • Naturgy increases its presence in Australia, becoming the Top-2 independent wind energy producer in the country and confirming its commitment to renewables growth in Australia, through its Global Power Generation joint venture (GPG).
  • Hawkesdale is the fifth project developed by Naturgy in Australia and the second one under a Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).


Global Power Generation (GPG), a joint venture of Naturgy Energy Group, SA (75%) and the Kuwait Investment Authority (25%), has been awarded the contract to build a 97 MW wind farm located at Hawkesdale in Victoria, approximately 270 km from Melbourne, Australia.

The contract awarded is a 15 years Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the energy equivalent to 97 MW capacity. Given the characteristics of the awarded contract and the conditions of the Australian market, one of the most attractive countries to invest in renewables, the project fully complies with the investment and profitability criteria required by Naturgy for value creation.

Naturgy Renewables in Australia

The Hawkesdale wind farm will be Naturgy’s fifth investment in Australia, through GPG. Including this project, Naturgy will reach a renewable capacity over 700 MW in the region, together with the Crookwell 2 wind farm (96 MW), currently in operation, Berrybank Stage-1 (180 MW), close to be operational, Berrybank Stage-2 (107 MW) and Ryan Corner (218 MW) both under development.

Naturgy has recently secured contracts for different renewable projects in Australia resulting in the development of a capacity greater than 400 MW, and increasing by more than 150% its current installed capacity in the country.  This means Naturgy will become one of the the Top-2 independent wind energy producers in Australia. The company also has a project pipeline of more than 600 MW in the Australia and aims to become one of the main independent renewable operators in the country in the next three years, reaching a total capacity of more than 1.3 GW.

About Global Power Generation (GPG)

Global Power Generation (GPG) is Naturgy Energy Group’s subsidiary dedicated to international power generation, which is 25% owned by the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the oldest sovereign fund in the world. KIA’s interest in GPG is managed by the KIA’s direct infrastructure platform, Wren House Infrastructure Management. GPG manages a total installed capacity of 4,100 MW and employs around 800 people worldwide.

Berrybank Stage-1 Wind Farm under commissioning

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Our company has started the final commissioning phase of Berrybank Stage-1 Wind Farm. The project, awarded in 2018 under VRET, began construction works in April of last year and it is expected to start operations soon, The Wind Farm is located 150 kilometers west of Melbourne.

For its construction, 284 million Australian dollars (169 million euros) has been invested and more than 200 jobs have been created. The wind farm is comprised of 43 turbines with a total installed capacity of 180 MW, that will generate 644,000 megawatt hours per year of renewable electricity, equivalent to the consumption of 138,000 households.

Renewable Energy Training ambitions fuelled by the partnership between GPG and Federation University in Australia

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GPG Australia contributes with 200,000 AUD in funding to the development of the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Tech-Transition Centre (APRETCentre) as part of their social commitments related to Berrybank 1 Wind Farm

Federation University’s work to help develop Victoria State’s renewable energy sector has been bolstered by the investment from GPG as one of the initiatives contemplated in the Community Engagement and Benefit Sharing Plan associated to our first wind farm in Victoria.

Federation TAFE, a leader in Victoria for globally recognised training to support the development of skilled Wind Turbine Technicians, has received $200,000 in funding from Global Power Generation to help establish the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Tech-Transition Centre (APRETCentre).

The training centre, to be located at the University’s Mt Helen Campus, will help to meet the renewable energy sector’s workforce needs through specialised vocational training and other collaborative opportunities. Construction is set to take place in 2021.

The Federation University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Duncan Bentley, has stated that the Federation University has an ambitious but realistic agenda to become the leading training and innovation partner for the renewable energy sector in Victoria. They are delighted to have received the support from GPG, which builds on the support from other industry partners to help us realise our vision of establishing the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Tech-Transition Centre.

GPG is proud to be associated with Federation University to contribute to the establishment of the APRETCentre for Australia, that will create opportunities for specialized training and will support the creation of renewable energy sector jobs for Victoria. This is not a short-term proposition but rather a long-term partnership as GPG Australia will remain in Victoria for a long time.

ACT Government awards GPG contract to build Berrybank Stage-2 Wind Farm

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Naturgy increases its presence in Australia with the award by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of 107 MW Wind Farm and a Battery Energy Storage System of 20 MW

 

With this award, in addition to the one announced last week, Naturgy increases its current presence in Australia by more than 50% and confirms its commitment to renewables growth in the country.

Berrybank 2 is the second project awarded in a public auction by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government to Naturgy, through Global Power Generation (GPG) in Australia, its subsidiary for international power generation.

The total planned investment amounts to AUD 215 m, equivalent to approximately €131 m.

Along with this project, Naturgy will also deploy a battery storage facility, its first investment in this field in Australia, a country at the forefront of large-scale battery utilization.

The ACT Government yesterday announced the award to Global Power Generation (GPG), a joint venture of Naturgy Energy Group, SA (75%) and the Kuwait Investment Authority (25%), a contract to build a 107 MW wind farm located at Victoria State, approximately 150 km from Melbourne.

Additionally, and as part of the commitments associated to the wind farm project, GPG has committed to install a 20 MWh Battery Energy Storage System located within the Australian Capital Territory, that will allow to support the ACT distribution grid at the Queanbeyan substation, in partnership with TransGrid, the Transmission Network Service Provider in the region.

The wind farm, called Berrybank-Stage2, will entail a total investment of AUD 215 m (equivalent to approximately € 131 m), will start operations in the second half 2022.

The awarded contract is a 10 years Deed of Entitlement at a regulated tariff, for the energy equivalent to 100 MW capacity. Given the characteristics of the awarded contract and the conditions of the Australian market, one of the most attractive countries to invest in renewables, the project fully complies with the investment and profitability criteria required by Naturgy for value creation.

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Berrybank Stage-2 wind farm will be Naturgy’s fourth investment in Australia, through GPG. Including this project, Naturgy will reach a renewable capacity of approximately 600 MW in the region, together with the Crookwell 2 wind farm (96 MW), currently in operation, and Berrybank Stage-1 (180 MW), close to be operational and Ryan Corner (218 MW) recently awarded by Snowy Hydro.

Naturgy is finalizing the permitting of various renewable projects in Australia, which could involve the development of more than 400 MW additional capacity, increasing by more than 150% its current installed capacity in the country, becoming the Top-2 of independent wind energy producer in Australia. The company has a project pipeline of more than 600 MW in the country and aims to become one of the main renewable operators in Australia in the next three years, reaching a total capacity of more than 1.3 GW.

About Global Power Generation (GPG)

Global Power Generation (GPG) is the Naturgy Energy Group’s subsidiary dedicated to international power generation, which is 25% owned by the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the oldest sovereign fund in the world. KIA’s interest in GPG is managed by the KIA’s direct infrastructure platform, Wren House Infrastructure Management. GPG manages a total installed capacity of 4,100 MW and employs around 800 people worldwide.

Naturgy signs with Snowy Hydro to build a 218 MW wind farm in Victoria

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Naturgy signs with Snowy Hydro its first energy sales contract with a retailer in Australia to build a 218 MW wind farm in Victoria, contributing to increase its installed capacity in the country over 500 MW

• Naturgy doubles its presence in Australia, becoming the Top-3 independent wind energy producer in the country and confirming its commitment to renewables growth in Australia through its subsidiary Global Power Generation (GPG).

• Ryan Corner is the third project developed by GPG in Australia and the first one under a Corporate PPA. The project will entail a total investment of AUD359m, equivalent to approximately €219m.

Snowy Hydro and GPG announced today an agreement to build a 218 MW wind farm located in Victoria, approximately 300 km from Melbourne.

The wind farm, called Ryan Corner, is estimated to require a total investment of AUD359m (equivalent to approximately €219m) and is expected to start operations in the second half 2022.

The contract awarded consists of a 15 years PPA contract for difference (power purchase agreement) for 75% of the energy produced. Given the characteristics of the awarded contract and the conditions of the Australian market, one of the most attractive countries to invest in renewables, the project fully complies with the investment and profitability criteria required by Naturgy for value creation.

Bet on Australia

Ryan Corner wind farm will be Naturgy’s third investment in Australia, through GPG. Including this project, Naturgy will reach a renewable capacity over 500 MW in the region, together with the Crookwell 2 wind farm (96 MW) currently in operation, and the Berrybank Stage-1 (180 MW) wind farm, close to be operational.

Naturgy is finalizing the permitting of various renewable projects in Australia, which could involve the development of more than 400 MW additional capacity, increasing by 150% its current installed capacity in the country, while becoming the Top-2 independent wind energy producer in Australia. The company has a project pipeline of more than 600 MW in the country and aims to become one of the main independent renewable operators in Australia in the next three years, reaching a total capacity of more than 1.3 GW.

About Global Power Generation (GPG)

Global Power Generation (GPG) is the Naturgy Energy Group’s subsidiary dedicated to international power generation, which is 25% owned by the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the oldest sovereign fund in the world. KIA’s interest in GPG is managed by the KIA’s direct infrastructure platform, Wren House Infrastructure Management. GPG manages a total installed capacity of 4,100 MW and employs around 800 people worldwide.

We finished the assembly of the first wind turbine at the Berrybank Wind Farm

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The Berrybank wind farm in Australia continues its progress, reaching the milestone of the first installed wind turbine on Wednesday March 11.

This was the first of 43 wind turbines of 4.2 MW with 136 meters of rotor and hub height of 112 meters, the assembly of which will be completed in July, with the wind farm expected to be at 100% production by the end of August 2020 .

The Berrybank wind farm, located in the state of Victoria, will be the first wind farm the Group has in this state of Australia . Its implementation will provide a clear boost to the position that GPG is taking in this country as a leader in renewable energy, where it already has the Crookwell 2 wind farm, which has completed its first year of operation meeting all expectations.

 

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