Union Fenosa Wind Australia (UFWA), the Australian subsidiary of Spanish energy major Gas Natural Fenosa, is currently seeking a permit for the construction of a wind farm at Paling Yards.
Located at the southern edge of the Oberon Local Government Area on the Abercrombie Road, the proposed wind farm will feature 55 turbines with an installed capacity of around 178MW, and a maximum blade tip height of 175m, Oberon Review reported.
The wind farm comprises associated infrastructure including an underground electrical cable network, access tracks and monitoring masts.
Additionally, the project includes above-ground connection to the 500kV Mt Piper-Bannaby transmission line.
Four options are being assessing by UFWA for overland connection to the transmission lines.
In response to public consultation conducted since 2011, the project has been modified substantially.
Currently, the company is due to receive community feedback provided to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure during the public exhibition period held in May.
The feedback will assist the company to further optimise the project.
UFWA is assessing the wind farm proposal according to the NSW Government's new State Significant Development assessment system.
Located approximately 30km north of Traralga and 60km south of Oberon, the Paling Yards wind farm comprises approximately 3,900h of undulation.
The proposed project includes upgrades to local road infrastructure including up to six access points from Abercrombie Road; wind farm and substation control room and facilities buildings; and an electrical substation and overland connection to transmission lines.
Image: UFWA seeking Paling Yards wind farm construction permit. Photo: courtesy of koko-tewan/Freedigitalphotos.net.