Neoen signals construction start for FNQ wind farm
The announcement follows news that the Queensland Government is committing $40 million towards a network upgrade which will support the wind farm project.
The 157MW wind farm, near Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands, is expected to start operating in 2023.
The project will also involve a 320km transmission line upgrade from 132kV to 275kV.
Neoen and Powerlink are partnering to upgrade the line between Cairns and Townsville, which will substantially improve the network’s system strength.
Neoen said this would increase the energy available to be dispatched from other plants in the region and unlock up to 180MW of additional capacity for future projects.
The project is underpinned by a long-term power purchase agreement with CleanCo, Queensland’s publicly owned clean energy company.
In line with Neoen’s ‘develop to own’ business model, the company will be the long-term owner and operator of the project.
The Kaban wind project takes Neoen’s portfolio past the 2GW milestone of assets operating or under construction in Australia.
Neoen is the owner and operator of 14 wind, solar and battery storage projects in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.
The company, which is active in 15 countries, is targeting 10 GW globally by the end of 2025.
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