Queensland boosts local jobs with new 1026-megawatt wind farm project

Queensland will soon be home to the largest wind farm in Australia, after the state government announced a partnership with renewable energy provider Acciona to commence work on a 1026 megawatt project just outside of Warwick.

The proposed MacIntyre Wind Farm precinct will see up to 180 wind turbines installed across the 36,000 hectare site, with enough power expected to be generated from the farm to power 700,000 Queensland households.

Upon announcing the project, Minister for Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said the project would deliver additional jobs and opportunities to the Southern Downs region, while further stabilising the Queensland energy network.

“As one of the largest onshore wind farms in the southern hemisphere, the MacIntyre Precinct will have far reaching and long lasting social and economic benefits locally, and for the whole state,” said Dr Lynham.

“The local spend on the Downs is forecast to be more than $500 million during construction. That’s jobs and business flowing into the south west from later this year when early works start.”

Approximately 64kms of power lines will be installed to connect the wind farm to Queensland’s electricity grid, with up to 240 jobs to be supported during this process.

The Queensland Government will also play an active role in the operations of the MacIntyre precinct, with state-owned renewable energy generator CleanCo set to own and operate a 100 megawatt portion of the wind farm. CleanCo will additionally purchase 400 megawatts of renewable energy from Acciona, effectively doubling the size and output of the site.

Acciona Australia Energy managing director Brett Wickham said he was excited by the benefits that would be delivered by Australia’s largest wind farm and looked forward to working with CleanCo over the next 24 months to deliver the project.

“In addition to generating up to 400 jobs over its lifetime, a Community Enhancement Program will be established to deliver added value to the local community,”” said Wickham.

“The project is scheduled to begin construction in mid-2021, with a gradual start-up in phases to ensure connection to the grid with full technical guarantees for the state’s electricity system. The entire MacIntyre complex will be operational in 2024.”

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26 March 2020

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