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Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Alinta Energy on the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) procurement and Operation & Maintenance (O&M) procurement of its Yandin Wind Farm, a 214MW project located near the town of Dandaragan, approximately 175 km north of Perth in Western Australia.

Alinta Energy has committed to construct the project, engaging Vestas as the EPC and O&M contractor. Construction is due to begin in mid-2019, with the wind farm expected to be fully operational by mid-2020. The wind farm will consist of 51 4.2MW turbines.

Herbert Smith Freehills partner Kristen Percy, senior associates Laurelle Ko and Sam Cooper, and solicitors Josh Singer and Clare Brennan advised Alinta Energy on the project.

Mr Percy said, “It has been a pleasure working with the Alinta Energy team on the Yandin Wind Farm project. We congratulate Alinta Energy on their first renewables development and we’re excited to see the project move into the construction phase. The project has a strong wind resource and shows the continuing strength of the Australian renewables market.”

This deal is another example of Herbert Smith Freehills’ market-leading work in the renewable energy sector. Other recent examples include advising:

•              Cherry Tree Wind Farm Pty Ltd on the development of the 57.6MW Cherry Tree Wind Farm in Victoria;

•              Tilt Renewables on the development of the 336MW Dundonnell Wind Farm in Victoria;

•              Total Eren in respect of the development of the 256MW Stage 1 of the Kiamal Solar Farm in Victoria; and

•              Synergy on the establishment of Bright Energy Investments, a fund (with co-investment from DIF and CBUS) for the development of renewable energy assets in WA.