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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 740 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 March 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Energy
Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

(1) What was the total capital cost and the date of commencement of operations of the Mumbida Wind Farm operated by the Energy Infrastructure Trust (EIT)?
(2) What contribution, if any, was made by the State Government to the capital cost of the Mumbida Wind Farm?
(3) What percentage of the capital cost of the Mumbida Wind Farm represented wages paid to Western Australians and what percentage of the capital cost represented items manufactured in Western Australia?
(4) Does a power purchase agreement between EIT and Synergy oblige Synergy to buy the whole output of the Mumbida Downs Wind Farm and at what price per megawatt/hour?
(5) During the most recent twelve-month period for which figures are available the Minister, what was the dividend, if any, which the Government received from the Mumbida Wind Farm?
(6) Can the Minister advise the average annual maintenance cost and the anticipated life of the 22 General Electric Wind Turbines at the Mumbida Wind Farm?
(7) If no to (6), why not?

Answered on 10 April 2018

(1) The Mumbida Wind Farm opened in 2013. The total capital cost was $196 million of which Synergy funded $24.5 million. 

(2) Nil.

(3) These costs are unable to be determined by Synergy. GE Wind Services were the providers of engineering, procurement and construction for Mumbida Wind Farm.

(4) No power purchase agreement exists between EIT and Synergy.

(5) As part of Synergy’s total dividend to Government in 2016-17, $48 million was from the sale of Mumbida Wind Farm. This represents a 96 per cent increase from Synergy’s initial capital injection of $24.5 million.

(6) No.

(7) Synergy no longer has an interest in Mumbida Wind Farm and therefore it is unable to provide this information.