Another CQ energy project in the wind
Construction of the Callide wind farm is expected to begin in 2023 or 2024, with full commercial operation early in 2026.
The project would comprise of the installation of around 70 wind turbines with a with a tip height of approximately 235m, according to documents submitted for Federal Environmental approvals.
The project site, 29km north north-east of Biloela, lies north of the Callide mine and is located on agricultural land with cattle grazing.
Apart from the turbines, the infrastructure required will include a 275kV Switchyard to connect into the existing Calvale or Callide to Stanwell 275kV overhead transmission lines and a site substation containing switchgear, transformers, energy storage and grid services equipment, offices, welfare facilities and workshop.
Its development will require hard standing areas for wind turbine construction, about 140km of wind farm site tracks, about 73km of underground 33kV cabling (linking wind turbines), 52km of overhead 33kV cabling (linking turbine clusters to site sub-station), eight meteorological masts of up to 160m high and access from the public highway.
The project’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act referral is now out for public comment.
It comes as Central Queensland’s Moah Creek renewable energy project also moves forward, with public information sessions held in the Rockhampton area last week.
RES and Energy Estate are behind the project, located 30km west of Rockhampton, which would combine 400MW of wind, 200MW of solar and a 300MW big battery.
It is part of the larger integrated Central Queensland Power project (CQP) that RES and Energy Estate are proposing to develop, with plans for wind, solar and battery storage projects with a capacity of more than 2GW.
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