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Over 850MW of wind energy was installed in Australia during 2018 and a third of the country’s clean energy now comes from wind farms. In summer 2019 there were 90 renewable energy projects either in construction or due to start soon in the country. The completion of the first phase of Lincoln Gap Wind Farm, near Port Augusta, was one milestone for Australia. The site is set to become one of the region’s largest wind farms and will produce enough power to supply 155,000 homes.
ALE was tasked with installing eight of the 35 wind turbines for this stage of the project. Lincoln Gap Wind Farm was the first project in Australia to use tower cranes to install wind turbine generators. It was also the first time this type of turbine had been installed anywhere in the world for Senvion and Nexif Energy using tower cranes.
Bringing the exceptional K1650L tower cranes into Australia was a complex task but ALE was able to meet the project’s schedule. The company’s global spread and previous experience of large-scale work in Australia enabled them to efficiently manage the importation and registration process for the cranes.