Queensland grants approval for $1bn wind farm

WCN Editorial Team 7 Jun 2018 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The state government of Queensland, Australia has granted approval for the $1bn Lacour Energy wind farm project at Clarke Creek.

The project will consist of 195 wind turbines and will provide 350 jobs during construction.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said: “In addition to building the turbines, associated infrastructure will include substations, temporary workers’ accommodation, staff and operational facilities and powerlines.

“This means jobs for the region over the project’s 36-month construction period and more clean energy that our State can tap into.”

Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said that the Lacour Energy wind farm is part of Queensland’s $20bn pipeline of energy projects, with projects worth $4.5bn underway or financially committed.

He said: “Queensland is focused on reaching its 50% renewable energy target by 2030, with more than 20 projects currently either underway or financially committed, creating more than 3,500 construction jobs across the state.

“And as we progress to a renewable future, the Palaszczuk government continues to deliver reliable supply and our two-year guarantee that electricity prices will not rise above inflation.

“Lacour Energy has worked closely with the department to assess acoustic impacts of the wind farm as well as impacts on fauna and vegetation.

“The Queensland government looks forward to bringing more job-creating, economy-boosting projects to central Queensland.”

After completion, the Lacour Energy wind farm will be one of the largest in Australia.

Lacour Energy director Mark Rayner said that the Clarke Creek wind farm would have a power output of more than 800MW.

Rayner said: “It is a unique renewable energy project which combines excellent wind and solar resources at a location directly adjacent to the backbone of the Powerlink 275kV transmission network.

“The wind farm development approval is a significant milestone for the project. We look forward to completing the feasibility study by the end of the year so that construction can begin early next year.”

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