Monday 22nd Oct, 2018

Windfarm blades move through Townsville


A SHIPMENT of 36 wind turbine blades, 70 metres in length, were imported through the Port of Townsville this week.

The shipment of blades and 3500 tonnes of cargo from China is bound for Kennedy Energy Park in Hughenden, which is to be a large-scale hybrid power plant.

The $160m project combines 12 wind turbines 200 metres tall, 55,000 solar panels and 4 MW of lithium ion Tesla batter storage.

Port of Townsville general manager business development Claudia Brumme-Smith said the movement of the blades showcased the capability of the port in facilitating complicated cargo movements.

“Port of Townsville is the largest general cargo port in Northern Australia and the movement of the blades is a significant achievement to all involved,” she said.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the delivery of the blades and tower sections demonstrated the Port of Townsville’s state-of-the-art capabilities.

“The logistical coordination of such enormous cargo involves many parties, from the importer, shipping line, to stevedores and transport companies. It’s an incredible team effort,” he said.

Transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey said the arrival of the wind blades marked a significant moment for not only Townsville, but the entire state.

“Queensland is experiencing a renewable energy boom, and it’s great to see our state owned ports playing a role,” he said.

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