Energy connections

Connecting Squadron Energy’s 414MW Uungula Wind Farm to the grid

Press Release - 11 January 2024

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Transgrid Group’s contestable business Lumea will build, own, operate and maintain the transmission infrastructure to connect Squadron Energy’s major new wind farm project to the grid.

Executive General Manager Paul Maguire “The team at Lumea is very pleased to be involved in this impressive project and we are looking forward to working with Squadron Energy to safely connect the wind farm to the network as quickly as possible.”

Lumea’s customer Squadron Energy is delivering a 69-wind turbine (414MW) wind farm and associated infrastructure near Wellington, NSW. The site is on Wiradjuri Country in an area now dedicated as the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone.

“Lumea supported Squadron Energy’s efforts to ensure the Uungula Wind Farm reached financial closure in a timely manner, an approach which helps drive the acceleration of the nation’s energy transition.”

Squadron Energy CEO Jason Willoughby said: “We are excited to be working with our project partners on the first NSW wind farm to move into delivery since 2022. Once fully operational, this wind farm will prevent more than 560,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually, playing an important role in mitigating climate change.”

The wind farm was the first to reach financial close in 2023 and will connect directly to Transgrid’s network. 

Lumea, with Transgrid as their delivery partner, will build, own, operate and maintain: 

  • 330kV switching station 
  • 330kV single circuit transmission line (approx. 11.6km) 
  • 330/33kV wind farm substation and associated works. 

Acting General Manager for Energy Services, Tony Ryan said, “This project is a welcome win for Lumea. Our connections team is working hard to create competitive and innovative pathways to support our customers in accelerating the energy transition for all Australians.”

“As the most experienced connections provider in the NEM, we look forward to further demonstrating why Lumea is the most trusted renewable energy connection and energy storage business in the Australian market,” said Mr Ryan.

Lumea expects its site works to commence in 2025.