Cattle Hill Wind Farm – Blue Water Completes Eighth Wind Farm Contract in Australia – Video
Cattle Hill Wind Farm – located in the Central Highlands of Tasmania – delivers power to 63,500 households in Tasmania. The farm consists of 48 Goldwind turbines, and Blue Water has been involved in the transport of all the turbine components that were shipped from Lianyungang, China to the port of Bell Bay, Tasmania. From here, the components were delivered by truck to the site.
“We are very happy to have completed this great project to the satisfaction of our client, and we are of course very proud of being entrusted with the logistics for this exciting project, which showed good and close cooperation with our client, subcontractors and others, states Jason Goh, Blue Water’s Regional Director for Energy & Projects, APAC.
The project involved experts from Blue Water’s offices in China, Singapore and Australia. The combined in-house expertise in Blue Water provided stowage plans, supercargo service, project management and operational execution of sea and road transport.
“Construction of wind farms is a very big investment, and with our expertise and experience, we are able to provide safe and efficient logistics services to our clients. It is not just transport from A to B – but complete logistics management. Our specialists can manage all aspects of the transport – including complete overview and handling through our IT system Compass Wind”, states Jason Goh.
The transport was demanding, as the large and heavy components – e.g. blades with a length of 70 metres – required gentle handling. The road transport went through rough terrain, and roads had to be upgraded. During the project, extreme weather conditions also challenged the logistics flow and the Blue Water team on site.
The first loadouts in China started in late 2018, and in Tasmania, bushfires – due to very extreme heat – challenged the transports to the site. Later in the project process, ice, snow and flooding brought other challenges to the project, and we had to make adjustments to the logistics plan. We are not in charge of the weather, but we are very experienced in handling the challenges that may occur during a project like this, and with the support from our own in-house IT software program, Compass Wind, we are able to monitor the project and create transparency for the client”, states Soheil Abdollahi, Project Manager at Blue Water Singapore.
Over the past years, Blue Water has gained a strong position in the Australian market. The company has been involved in logistics and transport to eight wind farms in Australia, such as Stockyard Hill (149 turbines) and White Rock (70 turbines).
“We continue to develop our expertise in wind turbine logistics in Australia and Asia. We have with success been able to implement the global knowledge and experience we have gained since our first involvement in the Renewable Energy industry in the mid-nineties”, states Jason Goh.