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Mar 26, 2020
Plans for $1.96b Queensland wind farm complex

Plans for $1.96b Queensland wind farm complex

ACCIONA has announced plans to build a $1.96 billion Queensland wind farm, the MacIntyre complex, with a total capacity of 1026MW. The bulk of the investment will take place between 2022 and 2023, the company says, with up to 400 jobs created over the life of the project. The complex will consist of 180 Nordex Group Delta4000 turbines, each with a capacity of up to 5.7MW. Construction is...

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Mar 20, 2020
Renewable projects hit by ‘system strength’ constraints

Renewable projects hit by ‘system strength’ constraints

Two North Queensland solar farms and a wind farm face major output constraints due to “system strength” issues. The Australian Energy Market Operator flagged the problem affecting Mount Emerald Wind Farm, Haughton Solar Farm and Sun Metals Solar Farm in a market notice yesterday. “AEMO and Powerlink are continuing to investigate system strength requirements in North Queensland,”...

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Mar 19, 2020
Big miners band together in green hydrogen scheme

Big miners band together in green hydrogen scheme

Anglo American, BHP, Fortescue and Hatch are looking to advance emissions-busting technology through a new Green Hydrogen Consortium. The consortium aims to identify opportunities to develop green hydrogen technologies for the resources sector and other heavy industries, and provide a mechanism for suppliers and operators to contribute to and engage with these development activities. Propos...

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Mar 11, 2020
ARENA backs CQ hydrogen proposal with $1.25m grant

ARENA backs CQ hydrogen proposal with $1.25m grant

Work to assess the feasibility of a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant co-located near Stanwell Power Station is receiving $1.25 million Federal support. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced the funding today for the Central Queensland project. Power station owner Stanwell Corporation has a $5 million study under way to investigate the technical and economic feasibil...

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Mar 05, 2020
New owners in the wind for energy development group

New owners in the wind for energy development group

Kennedy Energy Park developer Windlab is to be acquired by a consortium including mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest’s Squadron Wind Energy Development. The company announced this week that it had entered a binding agreement with Wind Acquisition 1 and the Minderoo Group-owned Squadron Wind Energy Development. The takeover deal for 100 per cent of Windlab’s outs...

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Feb 22, 2020
State approval for $2b Forest Wind energy project

State approval for $2b Forest Wind energy project

The State Government has granted development approval for a $2 billion wind farm in the Wide Bay-Burnett region. Forest Wind would comprise up to 226 turbines and have the capacity to generate up to 1200 megawatts of electricity. The project could create about 440 jobs during construction and a further 50 full-time jobs during operation if it proceeds, according to State Development, Man...

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Jan 29, 2020
Green light for major battery storage project

Green light for major battery storage project

Wandoan is set to host one of Australia’s largest grid-scale batteries under a 15-year agreement between AGL and Vena Energy Australia. AGL chief executive officer Brett Redman said the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) would have a capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) and store 150 megawatt hours of energy, which could power up to 57,000 average homes. “With the signing of the agreement, work...

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Oct 13, 2019
Green light for $350m CQ wind farm

Green light for $350m CQ wind farm

A new $350 million wind farm has won State approval, 20km west of Biloela in Central Queensland. The State Government says Lacour Energy’s Banana Range project will create up to 150 construction jobs. Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the new wind farm would boost the total capacity of wind generation approved by the Queensland Government to 2240 megawatts, enough to power over one ...

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Sep 02, 2019
Green light for $128m wind farm project

Green light for $128m wind farm project

Australian Energy Wind Farm has won State approval for a $128 million wind farm with 16 turbines in the South Burnett Regional Council area. Construction is expected to start as early as March 2020 for the 64 megawatt wind farm, 32km west of Kingaroy. State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the project was expected to generate 100 new jobs ...

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