Planning Approval

Project development

The significance of direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity was assessed during the consultation process and incorporated in project development. External specialists undertook ecological surveys to understand any environmental sensitivities and environmental impacts. The results of these investigations were provided to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and NSW Planning Assessment Commission.

The Bodangora Wind Farm Project Approval requires Infigen to demonstrate its environmental performance during construction and operation of the wind farm by meeting the conditions in relation to aviation hazards, bird and bat monitoring, noise and vibration, bushfire risks, waste management, community consultation, and decommissioning.

Since the original NSW Department of Planning & Environment Project Approval in August 2013, four modifications to the Conditions of Consent have been approved.

Documents

The Bodangora Wind Farm project documents, including the Project Approval Modifications to the Conditions of Consent, are available to view on the NSW Department of Planning & Environment website via this link.

Plans or programs relating to the Conditions of Approval are provided below:

1. Bird and Bat Adaptive Management Plan

2. Construction Environmental Management Plan

3. Construction Compound and Ancillary Facilities Management Plan

4. Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan

5. Construction Traffic and Access Management Plan

6. Construction Soil and Water Management Plan

7. Construction Heritage Management Plan

8. Construction Biodiversity Management Plan

9. Construction Air Quality Management Plan

10. Compliance Tracking Program

11. Biodiversity Offset Package

12. Design and Landscape Plan (May 2018)

(submitted to the NSW Department of Planning & Environment for approval)

13. Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan

(submitted to the NSW Department of Planning & Environment for approval)

14. Pollution Incident Response Management Plan Flow Diagram

15. Bushfire Management Plan

16. Operational Environmental Management Plan

Environmental benefits

Generation from the Bodangora Wind Farm will avoid approximately 8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) emissions1 in the electricity sector in Australia.

During the construction of the Bodangora Wind Farm, a life-cycle assessment will be conducted to estimate indirect emissions associated with manufacturing and delivery of wind turbine components, cables and foundation materials, and construction of the wind turbines.

Life cycle assessment of wind farm emissions can be divided into five stages:

  1. Material processing (extraction and processing of raw materials)
  2. Component manufacturing (towers, transformers, nacelles, rotors, generators, and blades)
  3. Wind farm construction (fossil fuels burned to deliver components, pouring foundations, cabling, and assembling of turbines on site)
  4. Wind farm operating (transportation and material inputs require oil-based materials, fugitive emissions associated with gas contained in circuit breakers of high-voltage switchgear)
  5. Wind farm decommissioning (deconstruction, disposal of materials, and land reclamation)

The most material environmental impacts of wind farms are attributable to extraction and processing of raw materials to manufacture components, cement and cables. There are emissions associated with the delivery of components and equipment to the wind farm site during construction and operation. Electricity consumption and fuel consumption of the machinery in the component manufacturing process and maintenance occurs in construction and operation phases.

1 Calculation includes transmission losses and average NSW emissions intensity factor of 0.9 tCO2e/MWh.