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Australia's Cairns Port prepares for the arrival of thirty story high wind turbines

Staff Writer |
Eight cargo vessels containing enormous blades, wind towers and more than 450 components for Queensland’s largest wind farm project, RATCH Australia’s Mount Emerald Wind Farm, will soon transit through the Port of Cairns in a boost to local economies.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Energy and Ports Minister Mark Bailey today announced the commercial agreement struck between port operator Ports North and Mount Emerald’s EPC Contractor, Vestas Australian Wind Technolog.

“As you can see Ports North is currently constructing a specialised cargo import laydown facility at the southern end of Tingira Street which will be leased to store the components,” Mr Pitt said.

“I’m particularly pleased to announce that Ports North has awarded the construction contract to locally-based company LDI to carry out the work.

“This purpose-built facility will house turbine components for 53 wind turbines, which will deliver an estimated 185,000 revenue tonnes of cargo over the project life.

“It will be re-used in the ongoing development of the Tingira Street precinct for future general port industrial use.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring the Port of Cairns continues to develop infrastructure to facilitate projects such as Mount Emerald Wind Farm, which bring jobs and economic growth to the Far North Queensland region.”

Minister Bailey said the 180 Megawatt and $380 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm was a huge investment in the Far North creating over 150 jobs during construction.

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