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Hundreds of workers farewelled as $250M energy development opens

ENGIE Willogoleche Wind Farm opening
ENGIE Willogoleche Wind Farm opening

Hundreds of staff departed as a natural gas distribution company began celebrating the opening of its $250 million energy project in South Australia.

ENGIE has officially opened its Willogoleche Wind Farm in Hallett, 202km north of Adelaide. The opening came after about two years of construction that employed as many as 200 workers to build one of the largest renewable energy projects in the Festival State.

90 per cent workforce reduction

Only 20 employees will stay on for the operational phase, representing just 10 per cent of the total workforce.

Other wind farm projects are currently underway and more jobs will be advertised on ENGIE’s careers website: jobs.engie.com/jobs/search/50907393

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Farm will power thousands of homes

The completed project boasts rotor blades measuring 130 metres long and a total of 32, 3.8 mega watt (MW) turbines supplied by GE that are capable of generating 119 MW. Electricity generated at the site will be supplied through ENGIE’s retail arm, Simply Energy, to more than 700,000 customers across the nation.

State Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan helped officially open the wind farm with Regional Council of Goyder Mayor Peter Mattey and representatives from joint venture partner Mitsui & Co.

“This investment significantly increases our local generation capacity to deliver more renewable energy to our growing customer base in the state,” ENGIE Asia Pacific president and CEO Paul Maguire said in a public statement.