GEELONGPORT has announced the arrival of the first shipment of wind turbine components following the agreement of a partnership with global renewable energy company, Vestas.
Vestas designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines across 79 nations.
The partnership sees GeelongPort provide berthing, facilities and a large parcel of land for the storage of wind turbines which are bound for regional wind farm projects.
GeelongPort chief executive Brett Winter said more than 40,000m2 of laydown area had been provided to Vestas at Corio Quay South.
“Our facilities, coupled with simplified and flexible freight connections, offer Vestas the ability to handle large-scale wind farm projects through the port,” Mr Winter said.
“With governments now focused on setting clear, long-term renewable energy targets, wind energy is becoming increasingly vital and a market in which GeelongPort can support. We are a critical link in the renewable energy supply chain.”
The shipment is bound for Yawong Wind Farm in western Victoria and Timboon West Wind Farm in southwest Victoria, each capable of powering 4500 households.
The wind farms are to be the seventh and eighth Vestas projects in Victoria.
“Vestas is committed to creating local jobs and supporting the Victorian government’s ambitious renewable target for Australia’s clean energy future,” said Peter Cowling, head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand.
“With world class facilities to support our regional projects, we are honoured to partner with GeelongPort.”
As well as components for Yawong and Timboon West, GeelongPort is to provide Vestas with facilities to support their operations to unload and store turbine components for the Lal Lal Wind Farm on land at Elaine and Yendon within Moorabool Shire.
“GeelongPort is committed to environmental sustainability and our partnership with Vestas will deliver environmental and economic benefits to the region by generating clean energy,” Mr Winter said.