GPG has been present in Australia since June 2008. It has an office in Sydney and wind projects in the states of Victoria and New South Wales with a renewable capacity of over 700 MW: Crookwell II and Berrybank 1, in addition to Berrybank 2, Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale, which are currently under development.
Wind projects in Australia
With three new projects currently under construction in Australia — Berrybank 2, Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale — with a combined capacity of over 400 MW, Naturgy will increase its current installed capacity in the country by 150% and will become one of the two most important independent wind power producers. The company also has a project portfolio of over 600 MW in the country and aims to become one of the main independent renewables operators in Australia over the next three years, reaching a total capacity of over 1.3 GW.
Crookwell II Wind FarmOpened in November 2018, this project is located in New South Wales, 90 km from Canberra, the capital of Australia.
The 91 MW Crookwell 2 wind farm supports the commitment made by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to supply 100% of its electricity from renewable resources after the government of the ACT awarded GPG feed-in tariff rights for the area.
The project has 28 wind turbines and produces over 300,000 megawatt-hours in a standard year, with zero carbon emissions. This is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 41,600 homes in Canberra.
Berrybank 1 Wind FarmIn November 2018, the government of Victoria announced that Global Power Generation (GPG) had been awarded 180 MW of power output in a wind project located approximately 150 km from Melbourne.
The construction of the farm, named Berrybank, entailed total investment of 284 million Australian dollars and started operations in 2020.
Berrybank 2 Wind FarmThe Berrybank 2 wind farm is located in south-west Victoria, Australia, and is currently in the construction stage. It will have an installed capacity of 109 MW and 26 wind turbines. Planned investment amounts to 215 million Australian dollars, equivalent to approximately 131 million euros.
The new facility is located approximately 150 km from Melbourne, near the already built Berrybank 1 wind farm. Therefore, both projects will share part of the connection infrastructure, such as the overhead transmission line that is already in operation.
This project was awarded with a Power Purchase Agreement by the government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in September 2020, for power equivalent to a capacity of 100 MW.
Ryan Corner Wind FarmThis farm was awarded to Snowy Hydro and GPG in September 2020. The 218 MW wind farm is located in the state of Victoria approximately 300 km from Melbourne.
It is estimated that the park will require total investment of 359 million Australian dollars (equivalent to approximately 219 million euros) and it is expected to come into operation in the second half of 2022.
The contract awarded is a 15-year PPA (power purchase agreement) for 75% of the energy generated. Given the characteristics of the contract awarded and the conditions of the Australian market, which is one of the most attractive countries for renewables investments, the project fully meets Naturgy’s investment and profitability criteria for value creation.
Hawkesdale Wind FarmIn December 2020, Global Power Generation was awarded the contract to build this 97 MW wind farm located at Hawkesdale in Victoria, approximately 270 km from Melbourne, Australia.
The contract awarded is a 15-year PPA (power purchase agreement) for power equivalent to a capacity of 97 MW.
The Hawkesdale wind farm will be the fifth investment that Naturgy has made in Australia through GPG. With this project, Naturgy will reach a renewables capacity of over 700 MW in the country.