First Kaban Green Power Hub blades reach Port of Cairns
The first wind turbine blades for the $373 million Kaban Green Power Hub have arrived at the Port of Cairns. The 79-metre, 32-tonne blades are part of the wind farm construction near the town of Ravenshoe, around 80 kilometres southwest of Cairns.
The units were delivered from China onboard the multipurpose heavy-lift vessel Chipol Changjiang, according to a video by Mick de Brenni, minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and minister for Public Works and Procurement at Queensland Government.
The delivery of wind blades follows an earlier shipment of Vestas wind turbine components to the Port of Cairns. Chipol Guangan delivered the tower sections to Australia from the Tai Cang port in China.
The Kaban Green Power Hub being developed by Neoen will feature 28 of Vestas’ V162-5.6 MW turbines from the EnVentus platform. This marks Vestas’ first EnVentus order for Asia Pacific and Australia, as well as Neoen’s first Australian project with Vestas.
When completed this wind farm will deliver 157MW of renewable energy into the grid and CleanCo Queensland has signed to take all 100 per cent of the energy as part of its growing renewal energy portfolio.
De Brenni noted that this project comes on the back of a $40 million investment by Queensland’s publicly-owned Powerlink to upgrade the transmission line between Cairns and Townsville from 132kV to 275kV.
“The Kaban wind farm will help power the North and keep Queensland on track to meet our 50 percent renewables target by 2030,” de Brenni said.