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 commenced construction of the wind farm in August 2019 with electricity expected to be generated in the second 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.

 

News

The latest wind farm news is below. You can view archive news here and download our newsletters here.

News Update 6/04/2020: Gunning Arts Festival to celebrate local talent with online events

BJCE Australia is delighted to be a silver sponsor of the online Festival, especially during these tough times for the local community and artists due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the theme of ‘Celebrating Nature’, the community-led festival will feature an impressive line-up of local talent for everyone to enjoy. Events online will include a gala opening and jazz music, together with art and craft online exhibitions and demonstrations, music performances, play and book readings, and more.  All events will be online by the original Festival date of April 18. As the organisers announced…“The show must go on-line!” For further information, you can visit the 2020 Gunning Arts Festival website here.

 

News Update: 03/04/2020: Construction hours on Biala Wind Farm extended during COVID-19 pandemic 

The NSW Government has introduced and made effective new rules to allow construction sites to operate on weekends and public holidays. The rule is intended to maximise social distancing on construction sites and will continue until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, or the advice of NSW Health changes. In accordance with this rule change, hours of construction on the Biala Wind Farm are now: 7am – 6pm on all days including weekends and public holidays. For more information about BJCE Australia’s new COVID-19 protocols, click here.

To read more about the new construction ruling please click here or download the official media release from Minister Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces here.

 

News Update:31/03/2020: Our workers give Café Zestt lunches the thumbs up!

In the last week, we’ve sourced over $5,000 worth of lunches for our substation workers from Café Zestt in Crookwell! We’ve been working to minimise the interaction of our work teams during a week of critical work at Gullen Range Wind Farm substation. Minimising interactions is one of many measures implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Our efforts coincided with the government’s announcement that all café’s would need to switch to take-away only! Sourcing lunches from Crookwell meant less interaction of our staff in the lunch room and also meant a good boost for Café Zestt. The lunches were so good we’re investigating expanding the program across all of the Biala Wind Farm construction team.

 

News Update:25/03/2020: The first turbine blade arrived onsite today

The first turbine blade arrived onsite today. Thanks for your patience. Deliveries will continue through until Saturday. There will be no deliveries on Sunday. Deliveries will restart on Monday (30/03/20). For more information, call 1800 370 045 or click here.

 

News Update: 24/03/2020: Wind turbines temporarily switched off for scheduled Biala Wind Farm connection works to substation

You might notice that our wind turbines at Gullen Range Wind Farm will not be spinning for a few days from March 25th. That’s because we’re doing some work on our electricity substation. We’re getting ready to pass electricity from our Biala Wind Farm on to the electricity grid. Biala Wind Farm isn’t ready to produce electricity yet, but it is important that we get these works completed. We expect everything will be back to normal by April 1st. Please let us know if you have any questions. To contact us, click here.

 

News Update: 24/03/2020: BJCE Australia implements new measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the local community.

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, in recent weeks we have proactively implemented the following changes to our public engagement measures:

  • Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm public tours have been suspended. If you would like to be notified when these tours will recommence, please register here.
  • Our school visits and tours to site have been postponed until further notice. As an Industry Partner with the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program, we are working closely with the SISP coordinators to continue supporting the Program in 2020.
  • Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Enhancement Fund grant workshop has been postponed.  We are planning to deliver a rescheduled workshop via an online webinar. If you are interested and would like to know more please call 1800 509 711.
  • Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Clean Energy Program’s household energy efficiency audit visits are now on hold. We are currently exploring other ways of conducting the audits. If you have any questions, please call 1800 509 711.
  • Biala Wind Farm’s monthly community BBQ’s have been cancelled for the time being.
  • All Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meetings will be held via teleconference or postponed.

At this point in time, our project and construction sites continue to operate but they are only open to our staff and contractors and they are subject to strict controls to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. More details are available in our recent media release which can be downloaded here.

We are still available to answer your project queries. You can contact us by calling the numbers below, by emailing us or through our website enquiry page:

For more information on our hygiene measures click here.

 

News Update: 23/03/2020: Turbine component deliveries are expected to commence on Wednesday this week

Turbine component deliveries are expected to commence on Wednesday this week. Up to 20 deliveries per week are expected to occur from Mon-Sat. Deliveries will travel from Port Kembla to Goulburn via the Hume Hwy, onwards to Crookwell via Crookwell-Goulburn Road, bypassing the Crookwell town centre via Grange Rd, Cullen St, Kialla Rd and Range Rd through to Grabben Gullen Rd and arriving at site. A route map can be downloaded from here.

Deliveries of oversize components are expected to arrive in Goulburn at 5:30am. Between 6am and 9am they will travel from Goulburn to the wind farm site. Please consider using alternative routes where possible during these times to avoid delays. We are grateful to the community for their patience. For more information call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 18/03/2020: Turbine component deliveries have been delayed

BJCE Australia would like to advise the local community that turbine component deliveries scheduled to arrive tomorrow (19/03/2020) have been delayed until next week. We will continue to keep you updated. For more information about the turbine deliveries, click here or call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 16/03/2020: Biala Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meetings postponed 

The decision has been made to postpone the CCC meetings due to the Covid-19 situation until further notice.

 

News Update: 13/03/2020: Turbine component delivery is expected to commence Thursday 19th March

 

News Update 12/03/2020: Transportation of oversize turbine delivery components

 

News Update: 10/03/2020: February Community Newsletter