GPG Australia carries out heli-stringing project connecting 97 MW into the energy grid

AusNet engaged a specialist helicopter crew to string conductor wires along 16 kilometres of the transmission line from the Hawkesdale Wind Farm, owned by Global Power Generation Australia, to the Tarrone Terminal Station. 

This 97-megawatt wind farm will add power for 67,000 houses annually into the National Energy Market (NEM) electricity grid.

Helicopter stringing, or heli-stringing is a faster alternative to land-based methods and uses significantly less ground infrastructure and heavy machinery.

AusNet Chief Development Officer Jon D’Sylva said this work is part of a broader project to connect the Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale Wind Farms in the south west of Victoria into the energy grid.

“We are working with Elecnor to design, build and operate the transmission assets that will connect the Hawkesdale Wind Farm to the national electricity grid,” said Mr D’Sylva.

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