Wind farms boost Keppel Prince confidence
WIND tower manufacturer Keppel Prince Engineering is optimistic of expanding its production following an announcement of an estimated $1.1 billion investment by the Victorian Government on Tuesday.
The State Government announced its first renewable energy auction (to energy companies) for three wind farms and three solar farms under the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) delivering 928 megawatts of renewable energy.
The three wind farms will produce 673.5MW, with the nearest, the Dundonnell Wind Farm, north-east of Warrnambool, producing 336MW, while Berrybank Wind Farm, west of Geelong, and the Mortlake South Wind Farm producing 180MW and 157.5MW respectively.
Keppel Prince general manager Steve Garner said the engineering firm played an important role in setting up the three projects.
“We’ve been working with the three companies in the planning stages of this announcement,” Mr Garner said.
“We’ll know more about the specifics of each contract in the coming months, but we’d like to be involved.
“Without a doubt, these announcements are exactly what we’ve been waiting for; it’s the reason we undertook the expansion.”
Earlier this year Keppel Prince undertook an expansion of its Darts Rd facility with the hope of producing up to 250 wind towers each year.