THE last wind blade for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, 35km west of Ballarat, was recently loaded at the Port of Geelong by the LCR Group, part of the Qube Renewables team.

This was said to be a “significant milestone” in a project that has lasted for more than two years and involved more than 2000 loads from the ports of Geelong and Portland.

According to Qube, the loads have included lifting and transporting 149 turbine units made up of base towers, nacelle, generator, hub, and blades.

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The heaviest component weighed 110tonnes while the longest was the top tower at almost 25metres.

“The transportation of all the components involved 1639 over-dimensional loads plus 400 general loads,” Qube stated.

The LCR Group team travelled 484,120km in total for all deliveries, from port to the wind farm – the equivalent of twelve times around the world.

The Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project consists of 149 approved wind turbines located about 35km west of Ballarat.

According to proponents, project has the potential to harness one of Victoria’s best wind resources and will provide substantial environmental, community and economic benefits, and have the potential to power about 390,000 homes a year.

The project started construction in May 2018.

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