Green light for $1.96b wind project
Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Steven Miles said the project – involving two windfarms – had received the green light from the State Assessment and Referral Agency.
The approval clears the way for the 1026MW MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct to move to the next stage of development, with construction expected to start in the second half of 2021.
Featuring 162 turbines, ACCIONA will develop the MacIntyre Wind Farm in partnership with Ark Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of Sun Metals refinery operator Korea Zinc.
The project – about 40km south-west of Warwick – will also involve government corporation CleanCo.
It will own and operate Karara Wind Farm, which will house 18 turbines capable of producing up to 103 megawatts of power, within the precinct.
Mr Miles said Acciona expected its local spend during construction to exceed $500 million, which was great news for the Southern Downs, Goondiwindi, and Toowoomba communities.
“Once operational the MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to supply about 700,000 Queensland homes,” he said.
“The MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct is set to provide up to 400 local jobs during construction, with an additional 240 jobs for the construction of the 64km transmission line, and 14 fulltime jobs once in operation.”
Acciona managing director for energy in Australia Brett Wickham said the 36,000ha MacIntyre project represented the company’s largest ever wind farm.
“We are excited to be moving forward with this project and are proud to support the Queensland Government’s decarbonisation strategy,” he said.
Local suppliers and contractors interested in being involved in the project are urged to register through the ICN Gateway HERE.
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