200,000 sqm of mastaGRID™ Poly Geogrid 30/30 reinforces access roads for
Moorabool Wind Farm in rural Victoria
Moorabool wind farm is set to become one of Australia’s largest wind energy projects. The project will ultimately result in up to 1 million megawatt hours of renewable electricity being generated. This is enough energy to power the equivalent of 200,000 average homes every year.
The project is valued at $370 million, and early works began in early 2018 when the green light was given to construct 107 wind turbines each soaring 170 metres high. The project is divided into North and South precincts. Stages 1A and 1B of the North section are well underway. These stages encompass upgrades to public roads and the installation of 50 turbines and associated infrastructure. Our customer, Ace Contractors, has been contracted to undertake infrastructure works at the site in regional Victoria.
Located just south of Ballan and not far from the regional hub of Ballarat, the area is predominantly farmland. The project is environmentally delicate, and designated construction zones were demarcated to keep disruption of the surrounding area to a minimum. Ace Contractors needed to prepare a substantial ground area within a sensitive environmental footprint. Due to the massive weight of the turbine components, pavement reinforcement & stabilisation was a crucial factor. Ace Contractors specified a geogrid that increased load capacity for the access roads to 22-tonne axle loading.
GEOmasta supplied over 200,000 square metres of GEOmasta mastaGRID™ Poly Geogrid 30/30 for the wind farm project. This engineered poly geogrid is ideal for pavement stabilisation and reinforcement applications. The robust polypropylene grid is designed to increase load capacity in road & rail construction. For this reason, it was an ideal choice for the access road construction in this project.
Different mastaGRID™ poly geogrid variations are available for a wide range of applications.
This project is due for completion in 2019.