Union Fenosa Wind Australia’s Engineering Manager, Shaw Mohajerani, said that the facility will be a world-class wind farm which will displace 678,000 tonnes of carbon a year (PDF). “The equivalent of taking 156,000 cars off the road,” Mr Mohajerani said.
Approval for the wind power project has come after an extensive application process. Union Fenosa Wind Australia has a number of other wind farm projects in Australia which are either well progressed or in early stages of development.
“Austrade has worked with Union Fenosa over a number of years to promote the opportunities in the Australian market,” said Nicola Watkinson, Austrade’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Western Europe.
“We explained to them the regulatory framework and policy settings governing renewable energy here in Australia, and we also arranged several site visits so that the company could explore the market first hand and meet with key government and industry partners.”
Ms Watkinson said that Austrade has maintained a close relationship with Union Fenosa in Spain to keep the company up-to-date on new developments in Australia.
The Madrid-headquartered Gas Natural Fenosa specialises in the generation, distribution and commercialization of energy and natural gas.