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NMF ship cranes facilitate GeelongPort 31-tonne wind turbine lift

NMF ship cranes reside in the background of officials from Vestas, TagEnergy, and the GeelongPort Authority after the delivery of blades for the Golden Plains Wind Farm.

Three NMF ship cranes have helped transport an array of wind turbine components that will soon feature on the Golden Plains Wind Farm in Rokewood, Victoria.

Stacked nose to tail on the Cosco Shipping cargo ship Da Xin, the 80m long blades arrived at the GeelongPort on September 21 and were unloaded by the 100-tonne capacity NMF ship cranes, which were then transported by heavy haulage and wind transportation company Rex J Andrews.

TagEnergy’s Managing Partner of Australia, Andrew Riggs, said the arrival of the blades represents a milestone for Golden Plains Wind Farm as the country accelerates towards net-zero carbon emissions to stop climate change.

“We are excited about seeing the first wind turbines erected over the next few months and look forward to delivering clean energy to the grid in 2025,” he said.

The blades in question are part of Vestas’ V162-6.2mW wind turbines and weigh in at 31 tonnes individually. The shipment forms one part of 22 vessels that will be arriving at GeelongPort, with a grand total of 1,464 components to be shipped that will create the 122 wind turbines for the Golden Plains Wind Farm.

GeelongPort’s Chief Executive Officer, Brett Winter, said the port was delighted to be partnering with TagEnergy and Vestas in facilitating this critical delivery.

“It is a complex operation to move these massive wind turbine components safely and efficiently, and GeelongPort has the unique infrastructure, expertise and location to handle a project of this magnitude,” he said.

The blades will contribute to TagEnergy’s Golden Plains Wind Farm which, at 1.3gW, will be the largest operating in Australia after the completion of its construction in 2025. The wind farm is expected to power over 450,000 homes and will prevent more than four million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

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