New energy in the Hunter
The Hunter has long been the energy capital of NSW. As existing power stations age, the region is well placed to continue this long tradition through adopting new clean technologies suitable for the energy future. This will ensure ongoing jobs and economic benefits from the sector.
The Bowmans Creek Wind Farm will involve the construction, maintenance, operation and decommissioning of around 70 to 80 wind turbines, together with associated operation and maintenance buildings, civil works and electrical infrastructure required to connect it into the existing transmission network.
The Project is located in NSW about 10 km east of Muswellbrook and 185 km north of Sydney across three council boundaries. Wind turbines will be primarily located in the Muswellbrook Shire and Singleton Councils, with a small number of turbines proposed in the Upper Hunter Shire Council. There are a number of rural communities in proximity to the proposed wind farm including: Hebden, Muscle Creek, McCully’s Gap, Rouchel Brook, Bowmans Creek and Goorangoola.
The Bowmans Creek Wind Farm land and surrounding area is used for farming and grazing operations. The region supports a number of active coal mines and two coal fired power stations. Historically, a number of mineral exploration licences have been granted over the proposed wind farm site, however, there are no current active exploration licences.
Epuron has found a very receptive local community in this region. A large number of landowners are involved with the project, and discussions with landowners, and the community in general are continuing as we complete our environmental studies.