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Wind farm powerlines cost unknown 

The Silverton wind farm development will cost more than $2 billion, but the cost of constructing the extra powerlines is not yet known.

The wind farm near Silverton is said to have the capacity to generate enough electricity for 400,000 homes.

Project manager Donna Bolton says it is hoped to start construction of stage one at the end of next year – that will see the first 120 of the eventual 500 turbines.

Ms Bolton says the electricity produced will be more than Broken Hill can handle, so it will need to develop new lines to transport the power into the national grid.

“It’s a huge project and, so we’re looking into the detail of it and whether we’re out by $10 or $50 million, but you can tell it’s a huge cost which is why the project is huge because when you build a wind farm you have to make sure that you have enough economy to scale to be able to connect and afford all of the aspects of it in one viable proposition,” she said.

ABC News

8 May 2008

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