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 scheduled to begin in mid-2021
ACCIONA has reached an agreement with CleanCo, the Queensland Government’s newest renewable energy generator, for it to become the independent owner and operator of a 100MW wind farm within the MacIntyre complex.
In addition, CleanCo will acquire the annual production of 400MW from ACCIONA’s facilities for 10 years through a power purchase agreement.
ACCIONA said it was negotiating additional supply agreements with private clients as well as the possible involvement of other offtake-investor partners for its 926MW in the MacIntyre complex.
The project – on sheep farming land about 50km south-west of Warwick – will have a gradual start-up in phases.
Some 64 km of transmission lines will be laid to connect the wind complex to the grid. The entire MacIntyre complex is scheduled to be fully operational in 2024.