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Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1 Project, Australia

Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1 Project, Australia

In development

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About the project

Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1

The Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1 Project will consist of the construction and operation of 18 wind turbines and the related civil and electrical infrastructure. The project site spans the shires of Kojonup and Broomehill-Tambellup, in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. Construction of the project commenced in 2022 and it’s anticipated for the project to be fully operational in 2024.

The construction of the Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1 has an investment value of over $200 million. The estimated construction timeframe for the plant is expected to be approximately 18 months while the plant's operational life is estimated at approximately 30 years.

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Technology

Wind

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Status

Under construction

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Operational capacity

75.6 MW

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Energy production

Approximately 315 GWh/year

Project Approvals

The Flat Rocks Wind Farm Project was developed by Moonies Hill Energy (MHE), a Western Australian based integrated renewable energy developer. Enel Green Power acquired the project from MHE in April 2022.

The relevant Development Approvals for the Flat Rocks Wind Farm have been obtained from the Kojonup and Broomehill-Tambellup Shire Councils. The Approvals set out conditions that must be complied with in undertaking the development. The conditions cover construction, operation, decommissioning, and administrative matters. To enable optimum development and efficient operation, several amendments to the Development Approvals have been obtained, with the most recent amendments secured from the relevant consent authorities in late 2022.

In early 2023, Enel Green Power submitted an application for the Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1 project to the Western Australian (WA) Government State Development Assessment Unit. The purpose of the application is to transfer authority for administration and management of conditions of approval to the Western Australian Planning Commission. The application has no differences to what has previously been approved by the Shire of Kojonup and the Regional Joint Development Assessment Panel on behalf of the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup. Establishing the Western Australian Planning Commission as the determining authority, is consistent with planning reform currently underway in the State.

For more information see the WA Government Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

Timeline

Milestones

Community benefits and impacts

Enel Green Power is committed to a Creating Shared Value (CSV) approach during the construction and operation of the Project. EGP intends to work closely with the local community to enhance the economic and social conditions in the local area and proactively share benefits within the local community.

EGP is also committed to local sourcing throughout the Project’s operational and construction phases, where feasible. It’s expected that the project will create significant local employment and supply opportunities during construction, with approximately 120 construction staff anticipated to be on site during construction peaks. EGP will work closely with the main contractors to identify capability and capacity in the local area and maximize opportunities for local contractors and suppliers to take part in the project through goods and services provision to both the project site and workforce.

The project will have some impacts on the local area during the construction period, including an increase in traffic in the area and movement of oversize turbine components on local roads to the project site. Environmental, noise and construction impacts have been assessed by the relevant regulators during the planning phase of the project. The planning approval sets out conditions for the project, including management plans. Management systems will be in place to ensure compliance with all conditions.

Community Fund

 

Enel Green Power Australia is committed to financially support the local Kojonup, Broomehill and Tambellup communities through the Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1 (FRWF) Community Fund.

The aim of the fund is to support non-profit organisations in and around the FRWF project area by funding projects, that benefit the broader community.

The Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1 Community Fund will comprise of $75,000 each year shared across the Kojonup and Broomehill-Tambellup Shires, for the life of the project.

These documents set out the Guidelines, Application Form_Under $5000 and the Application Form_Over $5000 for the administration of the FRWF Stage 1 Community Fund. 

Community Engagement

Following acquisition of the project, Enel Green Power has developed a Stakeholder and Community Engagement Plan for the project’s construction and operational phases. It includes activities such as:  

  • engaging with key stakeholders for the project, including neighbours within the vicinity of the project area, broader local community, local councils and relevant government agencies
  • establishment of a Community Information Centre in the local area to the project
  • sharing regular project updates through local community newsletters and this website.

Resources and Updates

The Project team aims to keep the local community informed of community initiatives, significant events or activities and project timing and status.

Resources:

Project Layout for Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1

PDF (1.74MB) Download

Project Factsheet for Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1

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Wind Turbine Factsheet for Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1

PDF (2.76MB) Download

Frequently Asked Questions for Wind Farms

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Frequently Asked Questions for Flat Rocks Wind Farm Stage 1

PDF (1.95MB) Download

Transportation of Wind Turbine Components

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Construction Info Session _ 7 June 2023

PDF (5.06MB) Download

Monthly updates in local publications:

Contact Us

For enquiries related to the project, please contact us via the feedback form or through the contact details listed below.

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Contact Information

General Enquiries

Local community and stakeholder enquiries

Giulia Scataglini, Community Engagement and Sustainability Officer – Enel Green Power Australia

Media enquiries

Sunny Rutherford, Head of Communication and Institutional Affairs – Enel Green Power Australia

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