First Boco Rock towers go up

The Boco Rock Wind Farm near Nimmitabel is beginning to take shape. Image: CWP Renewables.

The Boco Rock Wind Farm near Nimmitabel is beginning to take shape. Image: CWP Renewables.

The first tower sections have been erected at the Boco Rock Wind Farm site near Nimmitabel.

Stage one of construction will consist of 67 turbines, comprised of 201 tower sections, 201 blades, 67 nacelles, 67 hubs and 67 electrical kiosks.

The site’s collector substation is scheduled to be energised in October, and some turbines will then begin generating energy in November, before the expected completion of construction in February 2015.

Specialist transport company Rex J Andrews is undertaking the project, transporting components from the Port of Eden to the site via Edrom Road, the Princes Highway, Imlay Road, the Monaro Highway and Springfield Road.

Transport began late last month, and is expected to continue for up to another five months.

Three shipments of components have arrived at the Eden multipurpose navy wharf to date, with the discharge proving to be a controversial topic.

Local stevedoring operation Australian Marshalling Services (AMS) are currently unloading the third shipment, though they were largely sidelined as Port Kembla-based Patrick Ports and Stevedoring were awarded the initial two contracts by shipping lines.

Patrick’s integrated four locals into their team for both of the operations.

Contracts for the discharge of the remaining shipments remain up in the air, but AMS operations manager David Staight told the Magnet that the opportunity to carry out the most recent job will hold the local outfit in good stead throughout negotiations.

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