Musselroe Wind Farm

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Ausco Modular builds environmental awareness in more ways than one.

With consistent westerly winds, Tasmania has excellent resources for the generation of world-class wind power. The Musselroe Wind Farm, once complete, will be home to 56 wind turbines with the combined capacity to produce 168MW – enough to supply more than 50,000 households and abate 450,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

The agricultural development, owned by Hydro Tasmania, is due for completion in mid-2013 and will be the state’s second wind farm.

Ausco Modular was contracted to provide more than 30 floors for the development, with $150,000 worth of transport and installation services included in the project.

Ausco Modular was selected for the project based on the immediate availability of product, and its high level of quality and suitability.

The project central facilities are located in a 40m x 20m shed, previously used for shearing, and include four 12m x 6m complexes, several multi-purpose floors and canteen facilities.

Ausco Modular worked closely with Hydro Tasmania to develop a suitable site plan, with a full range of modular buildings, catering for strict environmental and heritage guidelines.

The farm is located in a highly sensitive Aboriginal heritage area. A requirement of the site plan outlined that minimal impact or disturbance should be experienced in the area, and the location of staff accommodation was revised to ensure this requirement was adhered to.

During the initial stages of construction, a Tasmanian Devil was found living beneath the old concrete slabs of the shearing shed where office complexes and administrative buildings were to be housed.

To protect the Devil, and provide him with continued access to his existing habitat, a special poly tunnel was installed prior to pouring the remaining slab.

The Tasmanian Devil has maintained his home, using the tunnel for over a year, with video surveillance recording his frequent treks.

Ausco Modular delivered the project on time, on budget and with a minimum of fuss, ensuring the Hyrdo Tasmania team are well established and comfortable at the isolated construction site.