$8m wind tower contract for Keppel Prince
KEPPEL Prince Engineering has scored another big wind farm contract, signing on to build 40 tower sections for a major Victorian project.
The announcement comes at an opportune time for the company, with five new staff starting next week, taking the number of extra workers hired in its current expansion phase to 66.
Keppel Prince will build the sections for the Moorabool North wind farm, at Mount Wallace between Geelong and Ballan, in a contract worth about $8 million.
It is also about to start work on tower sections for a major renewable energy hub near Stawell.
Moorabool North is being developed by Chinese-owned Goldwind Australia, with which Keppel has partnered on several other wind farm projects including Stockyard Hill and Morton’s Lane in Victoria and White Rock and Gullen Range in NSW.
Keppel Prince general manager Steve Garner said the company would build about 20 per cent of the tower sections for the project.
“For us it’s fantastic with Goldwind being so committed to local content, that’s something we’ve really been grateful for right from the very start,” he said.
“I guess with our relationship and the desire of Goldwind, being Chinese-owned, to still use local content is something we’ve worked together with on every project they’ve done in Australia to date.
“Goldwind continues to support local jobs and Keppel Prince Engineering are extremely pleased to partner with the team once again.”