Energy

May 06, 2020
Powerlink study tackles system strength constraints

Powerlink study tackles system strength constraints

A Powerlink Queensland study looking to tackle a key challenge for renewable energy projects connecting to the grid has attracted $490,629 in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The $922,000 Powerlink Cost-Effective System Strength Study kicked off in August 2019 and is expected to be complete this year. It is focused on at addressing system strength challenges by e...

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May 06, 2020
Neoen plans July start for $570m solar farm build

Neoen plans July start for $570m solar farm build

Renewable energy company Neoen has signed a deal paving the way for it to build Australia’s largest solar farm near Chinchilla. Construction of the 460-480mWp Western Downs Green Power Hub is expected to begin in July and create more than 400 jobs. Neon announced today that it had signed a 352 MWp power purchase agreement with CleanCo Queensland for energy from the $570 million projec...

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May 05, 2020
Mica Creek power plant to be mothballed from next year

Mica Creek power plant to be mothballed from next year

Mount Isa’s Mica Creek Power Station will be placed into ‘cold storage’ at the end of this year, owner Stanwell Corporation says. Mica Creek Power Station manager Paul Smith said the plant would have required a costly life-extending overhaul in order to supply energy to customers beyond 2020. News the plant will be mothballed highlights the ‘urgent need’ to bu...

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May 05, 2020
Major boost for Australian hydrogen industry

Major boost for Australian hydrogen industry

The Federal Government has set up a $300 million fund to back projects focused on growing a clean and competitive hydrogen industry in Australia. The Advancing Hydrogen Fund will be administered by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and will provide concessional finance for projects that support a national hydrogen industry. It comes at a time that the Queensland Government has bee...

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May 01, 2020
Uplifting milestone for $850m wind farm project

Uplifting milestone for $850m wind farm project

Australia’s largest wind farm has passed a major milestone, with construction of the final turbine completed at Coopers Gap, near Kingaroy. AGL head of construction Brian McEvoy said the final blade on the 123rd wind turbine was hoisted into place by crane and fitted to the turbine hub by the rigging crew on Friday last week. He said the entire $850 million project was expected to be comp...

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Apr 30, 2020
Call to back CQ gas pipeline for post COVID-19 boost

Call to back CQ gas pipeline for post COVID-19 boost

Blue Energy is advocating for governments to back a 500km multi-user gas pipeline to unlock 15,000 PJ of discovered gas resource in the Bowen Basin. With post COVID-19 ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects critical to the national economic recovery, it says the Moranbah to Gladstone/Wallumbilla gas pipeline would be capable of delivering up to 300 terajoules (TJ) per day of gas to the...

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Apr 29, 2020
Glencore provides COVID-19 testing for Mount Isa

Glencore provides COVID-19 testing for Mount Isa

Glencore, Queensland Health and the Laura Johnson Home have joined forces to secure COVID-19 testing equipment for the Mount Isa Hospital. Glencore has provided $45,000 for a new GeneXpert IV-4 instrument, cartridge and nasal swab collection kit that will enable local testing, and dramatically reduce the timeframe for test results. Until now, COVID-19 nasal swab samples had to be flown from...

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Apr 28, 2020
FNQ wind farm plan gains Federal approval

FNQ wind farm plan gains Federal approval

Construction of a $300 million wind farm near Ravenshoe in Far North Queensland is expected to kick off by early 2021 after winning Federal environmental approval. Neoen’s Green Power Hub at Kaban is proposed to include up to 29 turbines and additional infrastructure, including a substation and battery storage facility. Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy said the site ...

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Apr 27, 2020
Study shows low impact from hydraulic fracturing

Study shows low impact from hydraulic fracturing

A three-year study into hydraulic fracturing in Queensland has found little to no impacts on air quality, soils, groundwater and waterways. CSIRO’s Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) carried out the research in response to community concerns about the potential impacts of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The study analysed air, water and soi...

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