Australia’s largest wind tower manufacturer, Keppel Prince Engineering, will double its workforce in the next six months after securing a contract to supply all 15 towers to the Salt Creek Wind Farm in Victoria.
In March last year, the Victorian state government supported a $2 million expansion of the company’s wind tower fabrication facility in Woorndoo, creating 50 new jobs and retaining 80.
Keppel Prince specialises in the construction, fabrication and maintenance of industrial structures and equipment.
The company has been manufacturing wind towers since the turn of the new millennium and has produced more than 600 wind towers across projects in Victoria, South Australia, and New South Wales.
The company’s workforce is predicted to grow from 100 to 200 employees by the end of 2018, thanks to the recent expansion and comes at a time when Victoria has legislated renewable energy generation targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio visited Keppel Prince in Portland to see the work being done to construct the locally produced wind turbine towers.
“We’re supporting the renewables sector to create jobs of the future and deliver clean energy,” D’Ambrosio said.
“As Australia’s largest and Victoria’s only wind tower manufacturer, we’re making sure businesses like Keppel Prince continue to benefit from the global transition towards renewable energy.”