24 Wind turbines shipped to Queensland
24 Goldwind 4S wind turbine blades, manufactured in Beijing, China, are on their way to Gladstone Harbour, in Queensland, Australia. Each blade is 76 metres long and weighs over 22 tonnes.
They were shipped aboard the Chipol Chang Jiang. Built in 2015, the Chipol Chang Jiang sails under the flag of Hong Kong. This general cargo vessel measures 188.32 metres in length and 27.75 metres in width. It also has a gross tonnage of 25,471 metric tonnes. The vessel departed last Wednesday and is currently in the East China Sea. Upon arrival in Gladstone Harbour, in a few weeks, the blades will then be transported to the wind farm site about 300 kilometres by road, from early January 2023 on.
This is the first of eight batches of wind turbine packages, destined for Clarke Creek Wind Farm in central Queensland. The Australian-owned renewable energy company Windlab is building the 1000 MW, $3 billion Australian-dollar project, for the Perth-based company Squadron Energy. It is one of the largest renewable energy projects in the Southern Hemisphere. The wind farm will be built over two stages. Currently, stage 1 is underway, and will include 100 wind turbines in total.