Macarthur and Glenthompson projects to deliver 600 jobs

The following comes from the  Warrnambool Standard. Journalist – Andrew Thomson 05 Mar, 2011 Projects to deliver 600 jobs ABOUT 600 construction jobs are being generated by two south-west wind farms underway at a total cost of $1.2 billion. AGL Energy said the Macarthur and Glenthompson projects would use a large component of local district workers who would be given skilled training. The giant $1 billion 140-turbine Macarthur wind farm will be the largest in the southern hemisphere generating enough power for 220,000 homes. Direct construction expenditure from this project alone is estimated to add about 1.5 per cent to … Continue reading Macarthur and Glenthompson projects to deliver 600 jobs

Wind farm work to intensify at Macarthur. Jobs to peak at ‘around 300’

The following comes from the ABC. Wind farm work to intensify The construction of a $1 billion wind farm at Macarthur, south of Hamilton, is set to step up in the coming weeks. AGL Energy will begin ground works for next month and it expects to start erecting the wind farm’s 140 turbines in August. The company’s Mark Stephens says the number of workers on site will increase during the next two months. “We’ve got about 50 people on site at the moment of which about 35 are labour and the rest basically in various middle and senior management roles … Continue reading Wind farm work to intensify at Macarthur. Jobs to peak at ‘around 300’

Wind tower firm threatens interstate move

The following is a news report from ABC Western Victoria. Wind tower firm threatens interstate move Portland wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince could move its business interstate because of the Victorian Coalition Government’s wind farm policy. The company recently won a $27 million contract to build towers for the Macarthur wind farm, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs. General manager Steve Garner says parts of the Coalition’s wind farm policy, like the minimum turbine set-back distance, could mean fewer new wind farms are built. He says Keppel Prince could relocate to New South Wales. “If Victoria does stall … Continue reading Wind tower firm threatens interstate move

‘Giant wind farm fear for Penshurst’

A piece from the Warrnambool Standard. Once again, the Australian Environment Foundation has got involved in a wind farm issue, muddying the waters and making it unclear whether this is just about concerns of ‘visual amenity’ or if there is a deeper, anti environment agenda at play. “OPPONENTS of a huge new wind farm planned near Penshurst have clashed with developers at an open day aiming to shed more light on the project. Employees from RES Australia visited the south-west on Saturday armed with pamphlets on wind energy and a map showing the proposed location of up to 225 turbines. … Continue reading ‘Giant wind farm fear for Penshurst’

new contract for Keppel Prince to produce wind towers

Premier John Brumby has announced a new contract for Keppel Prince in Portland to produce wind towers for the Macarthur Wind Farm in the state’s south-west, which will secure around local 100 jobs. At the launch Mr Brumby said (from the Premier’s media release): “The $1 billion Macarthur Wind Farm will be the largest in the southern hemisphere. “Labor’s wind energy policy is keeping jobs in regional Victoria – in stark contrast to the Liberal Party’s wind farm policy, which would drive investment and jobs, such as these at Keppel Prince, interstate. “Under the Victorian Climate Change White Paper, released … Continue reading new contract for Keppel Prince to produce wind towers