Jan. 8, 2003 — ALSTOM has connected one of Australia’s largest wind farms to the grid. The Toora wind farm, 180km south-east of Melbourne in the state of Victoria, will generate 21MW, enough to power 6,600 homes.
The wind farm comprises 12 towers, each 67m high, and ALSTOM was contracted to design, supply, install and commission the 22/66kV substation, together with associated civil works.
The substation includes a transportable switchroom and SCADA controls, which allowed ALSTOM to complete the assembly and most of the testing at its base in Sydney, thus reducing costs for the client.
ALSTOM also produced a 20/25MVA 22/66kV transformer, a five-panel board of switchgear and the SF6 circuit breaker for the substation.
Danish company Vestas Wind Systems was responsible for the construction of the Toora wind farm, which is owned by Stanwell Corporation.
The project is one of many around the world awarded to ALSTOM’s Transmission and Distribution Sector for the electrical connection of wind farms to the grid.
ALSTOM is the global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure. The company serves the energy market through its activities in the fields of power generation and power transmission and distribution, and the transport market through its activities in rail and marine. In fiscal year 2001/02, ALSTOM had annual sales in excess of à¢â€š¬23 billion and employed 112,000 people in over 70 countries. ALSTOM is listed on the Paris, London and New York stock exchanges.
ALSTOM’s Transmission and Distribution Sector (T&D), following the incorporation of the Power Conversion business finalised on April 1 2002, employs 33,000 people and is an active player around the globe. T&D designs, manufactures and supplies a complete range of equipment, systems and services for all stages in the transfer of electricity, from the generator to the end-user.