The following account from the Warrnambool Standard outlines the reasons for Acciona abandoning their proposed wind farm at Newfield, just north of Port Campbell in South-West Victoria. Acciona are still proceeding with the Mt Gellibrand wind farm, near Colac. You can see all approved, operating, and blocked wind farms in Victoria on a map here.
Port Campbell wind farm scrapped
A WIND farm development near Port Campbell has been scrapped with its proponents claiming the project was too expensive to develop.
Spanish company Acciona Energy confirmed yesterday it would ditch its Newfield wind farm due to construction expense, geographic location and changed economic conditions.
The $60 million project was set to generate up to 40 construction jobs and the company claimed last year it would fill positions with local applicants.
Acciona Energy community relations senior manager David Clarke said the decision had no bearing on other projects in the company’s portfolio.
He said the company appreciated the co-operation of landholders as well as the Corangamite Shire.
“The relatively small project had unique and costly construction challenges,” Mr Clarke said. “When combined with a tight financial market for renewable energy projects in Australia, it means it is simply not viable.”
In planning work during the past few years, Acciona claimed the Newfield project would have the capacity to generate 22.5 megawatts of power per annum.