Wind turbine plant opens in Geelong


Renewable energy is driving new manufacturing jobs in Geelong, with wind turbine components now being assembled at the former Ford Motors site.

Over 20 workers are on site at the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH) assembling 100 turbine hubs and 50 drive trains for the 180 megawatt Berrybank Wind Farm and the 336 megawatt Dundonnell Wind Farm.

It is the first-time wind turbines have been assembled in Australia for more than 10 years.

The two new wind farm developments are currently under construction and are supported by the State Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Target Reverse Auction.

Along with the assembly work, the VREH is investing $3.5 million on a range of initiatives to plan for the future of the wind industry – including a 700 square-metre Service, Logistics and Training Centre in Grovedale that will service the growing turbine fleet across Western Victoria and house major wind turbine components.

Hundreds of local staff will also be trained in wind turbine maintenance through a partnership with Federation University, while a research partnership with Deakin University will look at further development of carbon fibre for wind turbine blades longer, stronger and more productive.

The world-leading wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, has partnered with Geelong-based Marand Precision Engineering to establish the VREH and provide a local workforce.

The development of the VREH will assist Dundonnell Wind Farm and Berrybank Wind Farm deliver their local content commitments through the Victorian Industry Participation Policy, supporting local jobs.