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tralia’s best qualified country bakery
owner, Chris Keynes is also one of
the Snowtown wind farm’s biggest
Chris, who has owned the Snow-
town Bakery and Delicaf for the past
two years, spent 28 years working
overseas as a chef, 11 of them in
five star hotels in Asia and Europe.
Little wonder that his saltbush lamb
burger or smoked salmon salad
have been big hits with locals and
But it’s the economic impact of
the Snowtown wind farm that has
shown how the benefits of such a
project can spread throughout the
Snowtown Bakery provides ca-
tering facilities for the contractors
working on stage 2 of the wind farm.
It has seen the bakery increase its
employment from five to 11 as it ca-
ters to a current 100 or so contractors
on site, a number that is expected
to grow to 160 to 190 contractors
once wind tower construction gets
under way later this year.
Now Chris is opening a smaller
version of his main shop in an ATCO
hut on the wind farm site, complete
with a mini commercial kitchen and
espresso coffee machine, that will
save on contractors’ travel time and
also provide a service for visiting
delivery truck drivers.
Chris says his time spent on site
has given him an inside view of the
complex operation that will create
SouthAustralia’s biggest wind farm.
Now he plans to provide visitors to
Snowtown with a new way of learn-
ing all about progress on Stage 2 of
the Snowtown Wind Farm
“We have people coming in all
the time asking us for more infor-
mation about the wind farm,” Chris
said, “so we thought this would be
the best way for people to get a real
idea of what’s going on.”
Chris says the display, expected
to be in place in March, will include
an offcut section of the cable used
in the wind farm - “it’s massive,
120mm diameter of solid alu-
minium”, with a display tower and
takeaway brochures supplied by
wind farm developer TrustPower.
Current activities in the construc-
tion of Stage 2 of the Snowtown
Wind Farm (SWF-2) include:
4 Civil works one third com-
pleted – including 30 wind turbine
4 Work has begun on sub-
4 275kV transmission line
4 Currently around 116 SA-
based workers are employed on site.
Plains Producer, Wednesday March 6, 2013
JOSH Butterfield during the cycling leg. INSET (TOP, LEFT to RIGHT): The winners with their certificates; Joel Wilson and kids Angus and Bligh
waiting for mum Beth to ride past; Mark Pannel; Neil Veitch cools off; Eliza Cottle; Officials Emma-Lee Lomman, Ian Wilson sound the start.
Chris cooks up an economic success
CONSTRUCTION of Stage
2 of the Snowtown Wind
Farm by TrustPower will
create South Australia’s
biggest wind farm – and the
second largest in Australia.
This is the third in a series
of special columns provided
by TrustPower to inform
Snowtown residents and
others of the project’s
progress. More will appear
TRUSTPOWER WIND FARM NEWS ADVERTISING
Snowtown wind Farm
On 12th January 2007, TrustPower Limited
awarded Suzlon Energy Australia Pty Ltd the
Turnkey Contract for delivery of the Snowtown
Wind Farm in South Australia.
Green energy produced will provide enough power for over
70,000 average Australian households per year.
Final output is expected to be in excess of 350GWhr of
electricity each year, saving more than 345,000 tonnes of
greenhouse gas emissions annually.
• Installed capacity: 98.7MW
• Hub Height: 80 metres
• Maximum Blade Tip Height: 124 metres
• Swept area of each WTG: 1.5 acres;
total swept area for the wind farm: 70.5 acres
• Total number of escorted truck journeys from Adelaide
during construction: 350
• 7 km of high tension cables for rock-anchor footings
• 27 km of rock trenching for 33kV reticulation
• 5000 m3 of concrete
• 8000 ton of steel for towers
• 27 km of underground cable
• 18 km overhead 33kV line
• 110 ton weight of 120MVA transformer
• Total weight of cargo to be transported to site: 15000
• Wind turbines convert the energy in moving air into
electrical energy. The moving air that will pass through
the 47 S88 wind turbines in one hour, at full production,
will weigh over 16,000,000 tonnes
Payback of the “embodied energy” of the whole wind farm is
approximately five months.
Our Client: TrustPower Limited – a New Zealand based
renewable power generator and retailer.
Turbine Type: S88_2.1MW with 88m rotor diameter.
Snowtown Wind Farm
The Snowtown Wind Farm will comprise 47 x S88_2.1MW
wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 98.7MW.
Construction commenced in April 2007 with final
commissioning of wind turbines due at the end of the third
quarter of 2008.
Suzlon is the turnkey contractor responsible for the
Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) delivery of
the entire project. Overall responsibilities include:
• Design and manufacture of the wind turbines
• Detailed in-house wind turbine micro-siting
• Grid dynamic studies
• Design, construction and maintenance of more than
24km of new access roads
• Design and construction of footings and hardstands for
• Design, fabrication and installation of steel turbine
• Shipping, installation and commissioning of the turbines
• Design and installation of electrical feeder system, both
below and above ground, linking the turbines to the
• Design and installation of 132/33kV main transformer
• Long term maintenance and service of the whole
The Snowtown Wind Farm site spreads more than 20
kilometres on the Hummocks and Barunga Ranges west of
Snowtown, posing many technical and logistical challenges
Project Location: Near Snowtown, 170km north of
Adelaide, South Australia.
A BOOST in entries highlighted
what was almost a perfect day for
the Balaklava Triathlon on Sunday
A total of 63 competitors hit the
varying circuit distances, up from
46 last year.
Organiser, Ian Wilson, said it
was a fantastic event once again.
“We were very pleased with the
perfect weather and with 17 more
entries than last year, we were also
happy with the numbers,” Ian said.
“The atmosphere from the good
crowd was great too.”
In the Hares’ category, which
included a 200-metre swim,
20-kilometre ride and 5km run,
Andrew Clark set a blistering pace
to record the winning time from the
men, finishing in one hour, three
minutes and 30 seconds.
Eliza Cottle stormed away with
the women’s Hares race, churning
out a gruelling 1:09.33.
Steven Hill, Gary Hill and Mike
Garrett took out the Hares’ team
event with a 59.53.
The Wombats’ category called
for a 100m swim, 9.2km ride and
Jason McBride claimed the
men’s race in 34.35, while Beth
Wilson recorded a solid 39.37 in
the women’s division.
The sole team entry in the Wom-
bats, featuring Tenneal and Kirrily
White, finished in 52 minutes flat.
The Turtles category featured
a 50m swim, 2.6km ride and
Emma Lane crossed the line first
from the girls in 20.02, while Dillon
Michael cruised through the course
for the boys, finishing in 18.14.
Ian said there were already some
plans to improve the triathlon next
year, following up on a few proce-
dural suggestions from a Triathlon
SA referee, who travelled up for
“Split times between the various
legs would be on my list of improve-
ments for next year too,” Ian said.
“The people that take it more
seriously would be looking for that,
so it would be our next step up.”
Another success on the day was
the obstacle course for smaller
children, held after the main race
“I was rapt with the little kids
event, there was just a crowd of
kids involved,” Ian said.
“It was a real thrill to see some
of the triathletes of the future.”
Salisbury bike store, Avanti Plus,
was again a prize sponsor.
“We’ll be looking to broaden
our sponsorship base for next year
as well, in an effort to offer bigger
prizes to attract more athletes.”
There were also a number of
volunteers involved in running the
event for Mr Wilson to thank.
“The local CFS, SAAmbulance,
Lions Club, Dustin Guthberg with
his music and volunteers from the
swimming pool committee all did
a fantastic job, as usual,” he said.
HARES – Females: Eliza Cottle 1.09.33,
Karen Coull 1.13.25, Brooke Wood
1.25.44, Tenayah Renshaw 1.31.50.
Males: Andrew Clark 1.03.30, Shane
Waldhuter 1.06.05, Josh Butterfield
1.13.26, Kingsley Cottle 1.15.39, Kym
Woodroofe 1.17.54, I-Lin Chuang
1.17 .56, Luke Sutton 1.19.28, Raf
Battistessa 1.19.53, Darren Eastwood
1.20.50, Jeremy Lomman 1.23.31, Ron
Schubert 1.23.36, Les Pearson 1.25.27.
WOMBATS – Females: Beth Wilson
39.37, Jenny Young 41.12, Alex Wehr
42.32, Vicki Brand 44.53, Naomi Purdue
45.02, Sarah Heaslip 45.27, Samantha
Collins 52.07, Laura Collins 52.07.
Males: Jason McBride 34.35, Zac Scholz
35.57, Liam Waldhuter 36.52, Todd
Scholz 39.28, Samuel McCabe 39.33,
Jacob Butterfield 40.57, Andrew Manuel
42.06, Mark Pannell 42.11, Derek Frie-
drichs 42.53, Matt Casey 44.06, Darren
Scholz 45.17, Neil Veitch 45.41, Jarrad
TURTLES – Females: Emma Lane
20.02, Amber Young 20.55, Kate Hea-
slip 21.34, Tayla McBride 22.36, Kirsty
Williams 22.37, Madison Bond 23.18,
Kelly Hamdorf 23.37, Sharalyn Pike
30.3, Tianah Anspatch 43.17. Males:
Dillon Michael 18.14, Zac McCabe 18.32.
HARES TEAMS – Steven Hill, Gary
Hill, Mike Garrett 59.53; Ben Lloyd,
Jason Sutton, Roger Logan 1.04.29;
Heath Milne, Tyler Milne , Steven Smith
WOMBATS TEAM – Tenneal White,
Kirrily White, Tenneal White 52.0 .
PICTURES: LISA REDPATH and LOUISE MICHAEL
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