The 222MW Lincoln Gap Wind Farm, located near Port Augusta, has successfully exported its first energy generation to the South Australia electricity grid.
Nexif Energy, the owner of the project, has proactively negotiated with wind energy solution company, Senvion Australia, and made successful arrangements to ensure continued progress on the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm while Senvion addresses financial difficulties it is currently facing.
These arrangements to be implemented include the provision of funding for Senvion’s on-site subcontractors through direct payment of amounts owing to continue work on the project, which is quickly taking shape.
Nexif Energy has been working hard on the positive pathway forward for the project and its workers over the past two weeks since becoming aware of Senvion’s difficulties.
Since then, another two wind turbines have commenced operations.
Founder and Co-CEO of Nexif Energy, Matthew Bartley, said “We are pleased with the progress made on commissioning by Senvion Australia in light of the uncertainty over the past two weeks, and look forward to continuing good progress given the new arrangements in place to channel financing to the project’s subcontractors and service providers.’’
Senvion’s direct subcontractors on Lincoln Gap Wind Farm have been notified of the arrangements with payments targeted over this coming week.
Work on the project is proceeding and erected turbines are being commissioned with increased pace, with three wind turbines now operating and exporting power to the grid.
One extra tall crane is currently on site for lifting the wind turbines on top of the towers and a second such crane is due on site in early May to substantially increase the rate at which the turbines are established and generation output over coming months.