Biala Wind Farm
The proposed Biala wind farm is a 31 turbine wind farm located approximately 6km south of Grabben Gullen on Grabben Gullen Road, 8km east of Biala and 14.5km south west of Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. The planned wind farm is 100% owned by Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy (Australia) Holding Pty Ltd (BJCE Australia) who own the nearby 73 turbine Gullen Range Wind Farm and 10MW Gullen Solar Farm.
The Biala wind farm is expected to have an installed capacity of approximately 110MW producing enough electricity for approximately 46,000 typical homes on an average day of wind.
BJCE Australia intends to begin construction of the wind farm in 2019 with electricity being generated in the first quarter of 2020.
BJCE Australia is proud to be a founding signatory of the Clean Energy Council’s Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Developments. The charter is a voluntary set of commitments to reflect our promise to develop and operate projects in a socially responsible way. The charter can be downloaded here.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information, or if you would like to provide feedback or lodge a complaint about the proposed wind farm.
On Tuesday 20th August, the Biala Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC) will meet in Gunning at 5pm. The purpose of the CCC is to provide a forum for open discussion between representatives of the wind farm, the community, Upper Lachlan Shire Council and other stakeholders on issues relating to the wind farm. If you have questions you would like raised at the meeting, you can contact one of the community representatives. Member contact details are available here. You are also welcome to attend as an observer, but you need to first contact the Independent Chair, Nic Carmody, on 0429 354 582. More information on the CCC is available here.
BJCE Australia representative, Simon Zhao, recently attended the Crookwell High School positive education breakfast, which aimed to promote the better mental health and well-being of students. The breakfast enabled community groups and local businesses, like Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm, to understand what challenges young people in our area are facing and how they are dealing with them. For more information click here.
We are upgrading two existing intersections on Grabben Gullen Road. Work will be required to the western and eastern road shoulders in order to widen the junction. The timeframe for these works has been revised and we will start work on the western shoulder imminently. This junction is around 6 km south of Grabben Gullen. Reduced speed limit signage will be erected today. Both lanes of Grabben Gullen Road will remain open during the initial works. When works are undertaken on the eastern shoulder of this intersection, Grabben Gullen Road will be reduced to one lane. A stop/go system will be in place when works are in progress during the day. We will provide a further update to let you know when the stop/go system will start.
Deliveries to the wind farm site commenced last week with several items of plant and equipment arriving in preparation for the start of the civil works. Earthworks will start this week within the site for the construction compound and the main access road. The road upgrades on Grabben Gullen Road for the central site entrance will likely begin in two weeks but we will confirm this closer to the time. For more information, please call 1800 370 045.
BJCE Australia was thrilled to subsidise travel costs for Crookwell High School Year 10 and 11 students to see an iconic Shakespeare play at Sydney’s renowned Opera House. The students were treated to a performance of Macbeth, a play they are currently studying – with front row seats, plus a visit to the nearby botanical gardens! The Opera House is close to our Sydney office, so Isabel Nelson, our Community Engagement Officer, had a chat to the students and sampled their excitement on the steps of the Opera House before the play began.
As a new community initiative, we have set up a spot on our website where locals can put forward potential accommodation for wind farm staff. Perhaps you run a B&B or have a house on your property you’d like to rent. We will pass your details on to our contractors and they will contact you directly if they are interested. To access the form click here.
We have revised our commencement date to Monday 5th August. Works will commence with deliveries to site and the construction of a temporary site office. From Wednesday, earthworks will begin for the access tracks inside the site and the site office compound. Roadworks on the site entrances on Grabben Gullen Road are likely to commence in mid-August. For more information, please call 1800 370 045.
As announced in our July newsletter, works are planned to commence on the wind farm mid-late next week. The first works will be to upgrade the two intersections on Grabben Gullen Road where the wind farm access tracks will join the road. Works will also start on a temporary construction compound and an access track connecting it to the more northern intersection. We will provide further updates early next week once the start date is confirmed. For more information, please call 1800 370 045.
July Community Update now available to read and download here.