Jun 30, 2018

Port event showcases wind farm technology

Port event showcases wind farm technology

An open day at Port of Townsville this weekend will showcase the equipment on its way to the $160 million Kennedy Energy Park near Hughenden and highlight the huge logistical efforts involved.

The event has been organised by Port of Townsville Limited along with energy park owners, Windlab and Eurus, and project contractors Quanta Solar and Vestas.

The MV Huanghai Advance arrived in Townsville this month to deliver cargo for the project, including 36 x 67m long wind turbine blades for what are said to be the largest wind turbines in Australia.

NSS worked alongside Rex J Andrews Transport to discharge the cargo, with the wind turbine blades being unloaded using the MV Huanghai Advance’s cranes in tandem.

Head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand, Peter Cowling, said the wind turbine blades demonstrated the most recent technology, which allows for them to transfer more of the wind’s energy into electricity and supported better performance of the wind turbine.

“We are grateful to bring our experience into this process,” Mr Cowling said.

The open day will run from 10am to 2pm on Sunday (July 1).

Industry suppliers and stakeholder stalls will be featured at the Quayside Terminal, with guided bus tours to the storage site, explaining the technical construction and operation of the wind turbines.

The Kennedy Energy Park Display is a free event, open to all ages.

Tickets at townsvilletickets.com.au

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