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Construction has begun on Tilt Renewables’ massive Rye Park wind farm in New South Wales, the biggest wind project in the state to date, using what will be the biggest wind turbines in Australia.

Tilt announced on LinkedIn this month that construction had started on the 396MW project, near Yass in the NSW Southern Tablelands, which would feature 66 Vestas turbines rated at 6MW each. That beats the 5.6MW turbines which are being installed at Kaban in north Queensland.

Tilt said the wind farm would create an estimated 250 direct jobs during the construction phase and up to 10 ongoing regional jobs during its operational life, with opportunities for local workers throughout.

In a newsletter update last week, the developer said its construction contractor Zenviron and its subcontractors were busy mobilising staff and equipment at the site, and had commenced construction of three site entry points.

Rye Park makes up part of Tilt’s Australian pipeline of projects and assets that attracted a $2.6 billion offer from PowAR, a joint venture between AGL, QIC and the Future Fund, that took ownership of Tilt in August.

It will be the largest operating wind farm in NSW when fully commissioned in 2024, and one of the five biggest in the country.

[Sophie Vorrath]

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