AGL Energy Limited (AGL) and Meridian Energy (Meridian) announced they have entered binding contracts to construct a 420 MW wind farm at Macarthur in Victoria’s south west at a total capital cost of $1 billion.
On completion in early 2013, the Macarthur Wind Farm will be the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere, and one of the largest wind farms in the world. It will join AGL’s market leading suite of renewable energy generation assets.
The wind farm will comprise 140 Vestas V112-3.0 MW wind turbine generators and be constructed by a Vestas/Leighton Contractors consortium. The wind farm will be situated near Hamilton, 260 kilometres west of Melbourne, in the Shire of Moyne.
The project will be formally launched today in Melbourne by the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. John Brumby MP, and the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong.