ENGIE Australia & New Zealand (International Power Australia)

Globally, ENGIE S.A. and its affiliates (ENGIE Group), develop their businesses (power, natural gas and energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of the transition to a low-carbon economy. ENGIE is listed on the Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges.

The ENGIE Group (via International Power) has been present in Australia since the 1990s. In Australia, ENGIE ANZ, via a joint venture with Mitsui & Co., Ltd., (Mitsui) owns and operates approximately 1,200MW (gross) of renewable (wind) and gas-fired generation.

As the world’s leading independent power producer, ENGIE is well positioned to provide an integrated energy solution to customers looking to manage their energy costs and promote the development of renewable energy sources. ENGIE is a global energy company present in 70 countries (160,000 employees, €60.6 billion revenues in 2018) with over 112GW of power-producing capacity in operation and 5.2GW in construction.  ENGIE’s share of renewable capacity is 19.5% and prioritises new investment in low CO2 power generation.

Past projects

Willogoleche Wind Farm

Willogoleche Power Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of ENGIE Australia & New Zealand, is constructing a 119MW wind farm located on Willogoleche Hill, about 160 kilometres north of Adelaide and about 5km from the town of Hallett.The closest unit will be about 3.2km west of Hallett, with the furthest unit 8.3km to the south west. The majority of the units will be about 5km from the township.The units will have a tip height of 150m above ground level, with a blade rotor diameter of 130m.The units have an electrical capacity of 3.83MW.Willogoleche Hill has an average wind speed of 8.6 metres per second and is located in one of the windiest areas in South Australia. It is surrounded by four neighbouring wind farms, including The Bluff (Hallett 5), Brown Hill and North Brown Hill (Hallett 1 and 4) and Hallett Hill.Willogoleche Wind Farm is connected to the national electricity grid via underground cabling with a new ElectraNet substation under construction near the corner of Ashby Road and Willalo Road.

Construction of the wind farm is scheduled to be completed in Q1 of 2019.

Once operational, Willogoleche Wind Farm will produce enough electricity to power 80,000 homes in South Australia.

The project is in line with ENGIE’s global commitment to renewable energy and provides further energy security for South Australia and the National Electricity Market.

Canunda Wind Farm

The Canunda Wind Farm at Lake Bonney, near Millicent in South Australia’s South East, represents a diversification of the company’s energy business in Australia and a move towards increased power generation from renewable resources. It has been operational since March, 2005.

Canunda Wind Farm has 23 turbines capable of generating about 46 MW of electricity – enough to provide for the power needs of about 30,000 homes. Each turbine blade spans 39 metres.

The wind turbines at Canunda use wind speeds from 4m/sec and produce maximum energy at 14m/sec. They can operate at wind speeds of up to 25m/sec (90km/h).

The wind yield in South Australia enables Canunda to be capable of producing electricity up to 34 per cent of the time – a very high yield by global standards.

The wind farm occupies a site about 8km long by 3km at its widest point. It is linked by a 14km, 33,000 volt transmission line to electricity transmission facilities at the Snuggery substation adjacent to ENGIE’s Snuggery power station.

The energy produced by Canunda is contracted to ENGIE in Australia’s retail arm, Simply Energy.

Canunda is jointly owned by ENGIE (72 per cent) and Mitsui & Co Ltd (28 per cent).