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Plains Producer, Wednesday April 17, 2013
‘Pinkies’ walk with honour
THREE grass fires in
February, freakishly started
by lightning – including one
strike that killed a sheep –
revealed a significant benefit
brought by Snowtown wind
farm access roads.
‘They were absolutely of
great benefit in helping us
fight the fires,” said Snow-
town CFS captain, Pat Cof-
fey. “It it weren’t for those
roads the fires, which were
going at a fair rate of knots,
would have just kept going.
“They acted as a natural
fire break, giving us an
edge to work back to and
enabling us to back burn if
we’d needed to. These new
access roads provided an
unexpected bonus, but they’ll
help us control fires in the
Landowner Neville Mi-
chael, whose farm is located
just north of Barunga Gap
and had about 25ha burnt out,
says the upgrading of what
had been rough and ready
tracks enabled firefighters to
get water tankers much closer
to the fires: “It’s rough and
steep country and carrying
water to a
fire is dif-
had about 250ha burnt out,
said the all-weather new
roads meant fire vehicles
could now hurtle along the
ranges at more than 60km/h,
as well as providing a very
effective firebreak: “Without
those roads the fire would
have burnt out much more
property,” he said.
While Pat Coffey is
pleased that his crews have
access to the new roads, he
wishes they’d been extended
another half kilometre further
south to the communications
tower, and a similar distance
further north, which would
ed links with
2 Wind Farm
ager, Jim Pearson, said
he was delighted with the
positive communication and
working relationship that had
been established between
the landowners, CFS and
site contractors as a result
of the fires.
“CatCon and Consoli-
dated Power Projects also
supported the CFS with
their firefighting utes and a
diesel truck,” he said. “We’re
pleased we were able to help
in addressing the high fire risk
situation this summer.”
Meanwhile, the extended
summer weather has been
ideal for the 110 contractors
working on site, who have
construction of Stage 2 of
the Snowtown Wind Farm
running right on track.
Construction of the trans-
mission line is ahead of
schedule, the wind farm
sub-station is being built with
completion due at the end of
October, while pouring of the
wind turbine foundations is
half completed. Shipments
of major components such
as blades and towers are ex-
pected to begin in mid-May,
with turbine construction due
to start in August
Wind farm access roads aid firefighters
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.
BURNT one side, saved on the other by turbine access
road.– Picture supplied by TrustPower.
• From page 1
Entertainment was provided
throughout the evening, with belly
dancing being a big drawcard, attract-
ing plenty of involvement by team
The event was again a huge success.
“Last year, we raised $86,000 and
this year an amazing $117,000, which
was the final tally after the relay and
more coming in over the next few
weeks,” Mrs Duffield said.
“This amount has exceeded the com-
mittee’s wildest expectations.”
The funds will be used by the Cancer
Council for research and much needed
services for the community, including
support and education.
“The Mallala team’s Girls’ Night In
and the Comedian’s Night were a huge
success, with the Mallala and adjoining
communities rallying around to support
this special cause,” Mrs Duffield said.
“Hamley Bridge was also well pre-
sented by several ladies in the TAFE
SA Dreamy Divas team, who raised
an outstanding amount and seemed to
have enjoyed their time at the relay.”
Cancer survivors, 12-year-old Max
Heaslip, from Owen, and eight-year-
old Alex Thomas, of Gawler, cut the
ribbon to open the relay.
They then walked the lap of honour
followed by 50 survivors and 57 carers.
“Thankyou so much to anyone who
supported relay whether being sponsors
or team members to make this such an
amazing event,” Mrs Duffield said.
UNIVERSITY of Adelaide re-
searchers are working to prevent the
introduction into Australia of a poten-
tially devastating new grape vine virus.
Waite Diagnostics, at the Univer-
sity’s Waite Campus, has developed a
diagnostic test kit for the detection of
Grapevine red blotch-associated virus
(GRBaV) using DNA analysis.
GRBaV was discovered and first
reported in the United States in October
last year, and is regarded as potentially
far more damaging than the grape vine
leafroll-associated viruses which are
established in Australia.
“Viruses in grapevines are insidious
and often cause serious diseases which
affect production and quality, and can
even result in vine death,” said profes-
sor John Randles, director of Waite
“We don’t have any way of immunis-
ing plants like we can with animals and
so we need to employ different methods
of control which require detailed knowl-
edge of the virus’biological properties.”
University of Adelaide grapevine
virologist Dr Nuredin Habili said the
Grape vine Red Blotch disease was
the most recently recognised grapevine
disease to date, and is apparently wide-
spread in the US.
It significantly reduces the levels of
grape sugar by up to five brix (a measure
of sugar content), reducing suitability
for wine- making.
The symptoms of the Red Blotch
disease resemble those of leafroll dis-
ease, with unexplained reddening of
the leaves and, on white varieties, leaf
curling and chlorosis, but the depressing
effect on sugar content is greater.
Waite Diagnostics has tested 10
grapevine varieties from Australian
vineyards with negative results. DNA
is used in the testing process.
MALLALA’S teams ready to begin the relay and BELOW, Lisa Baker,
Tarnia Pratt, Kylie Taylor, Karen Jamieson, Jayne Tiller, Karin Tiller.
OWEN’s Max Heaslip cuts the starting ribbon with Gawler
mayor, Brian Sambell. BELOW: Entries in the newspaper
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