Project Description

Uungula Wind Farm will generate enough electricity to power 170,000 homes

Uungula Wind Farm is a proposed development of up to 97 wind turbines and associated infrastructure on agricultural land approximately 14 km east of Wellington, NSW in the Dubbo Regional Council Local Government Area. The site is well suited to wind generation due to its reliable wind resource, low density of rural residential dwellings and proximity to existing transmission infrastructure.

The wind farm was first publicly announced in 2011 and an Environmental Assessment was prepared in 2013. At that stage the project consisted of 249 turbines within the Wellington Council and Mid-Western Regional Council areas.  Following extensive community consultation and after a detailed review of the grid network, the project was revised in July 2018 to focus on the western half of the project only, between Wellington and the Cudgegong River, and 122 turbines were removed from the plans. In June 2019 a further eight wind turbine generators were removed from the design. This decision was made following extensive stakeholder consultation and will reduce disturbance to the community during construction, ground disturbance, and impacts to visual amenity in the area. The proposed project now consists of up to 97 WTGs, with 12 being removed from the design in early 2020.

A range of turbine sizes are being considered for the Project. The dimensions of the wind turbines anticipated to be on the market in the next few years are currently under review and turbines between 200 m and 250 m (height from blade ground to top of blade tip), with generating capacity expected to be upwards of 4MW, are being considered. Larger turbines enable greater energy generation from a smaller number of machines, lowering the levelized cost of energy.

The EIS contains a thorough analysis of all associated Project impacts, particularly visual amenity. We are continuing to work closely with neighbours and the community regarding potential impacts of the Project.

Planning and approval documentation can be found here:

Project Timeline

Site Identification and Resource Monitoring

2008

Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA)

2011

Community Consultative Committee established

2013

Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements received

2016

Project extent revised, CCC re-established

2018

Environmental Assessment on Public Exhibition

2020

Development Approvals forecast

2020

Construction forecast to commence

2021

Forecast to be fully commissioned and operational

2023

The Project includes up to 97 wind turbine generators and ancillary infrastructure. It is expected to have an electricity generation capacity of approximately 400 MW at the point of connection, producing enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 170,000 average NSW households each year.

An energy storage facility would allow for the Project to store and dispatch scheduled and reliable energy to and from the Project or the National Electricity Market. The electricity generated and dispatched by the Project would result in significant carbon savings due to the electricity displaced from the current NSW generation supply, which is heavily reliant on coal powered generation. Based on current NSW emission figures of 0.87 kg of CO2-equivilent per kWh, up to 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 would be displaced by the Project annually.

There are opportunities for substantial economic benefits to the local region including the creation of 250 direct and 400 indirect jobs during the 2.5 year construction period. Local contractors and service providers are encouraged to register their interest for supplying goods and services during construction and operation of the wind farm here.

Uungula Wind Farm layout including 97 wind turbine generators and associate infrastructure

Benefits

Uungula Wind Farm will play an important role in contributing to the increasing local and global need for renewable projects to tackle the issues of Global Warming and Climate Change. The project will contribute to the local economy of the Wellington region which is experiencing a growth in renewable energy trades and qualifications. This large scale project would provide additional opportunity for construction and operation suppliers in the region.

The project would be operational for approximately 25 years providing around 12 full time jobs as well as numerous supply contracts and service opportunities throughout the project life cycle.

Ahead of the commencement of construction on the wind farm site, the Project will upgrade Twelve Mile Road from Goolma Road in the west to the site entry. This will be the main access route for construction.

Additional economic benefits to the regional community include the establishment of a community benefits fund and potentially a community co-investment scheme where residents in the region can invest in the Project and receive dividends (this is subject to further investigations regarding community interest and Project financing decisions). A similar community investment program has been rolled out with a great level of interest and support at our Sapphire Wind Farm in in the New England region of northern NSW.

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