Quinbrook secures approval to build $1.7bn data storage campus in Queensland

WCN Editorial Team 11 Jul 2022 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has secured approval to construct a $1.7bn data storage campus project in Queensland, Australia.

Following completion, the Supernode project will host one of the largest battery storage installations in the Australian National Electricity Market.

Located adjacent to the South Pine substation at Brendale that is considered as the ‘central node’ of the Queensland Electricity Network, the project has secured approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

The Supernode site is just 30km from Brisbane CBD and will intersect the new Torus dark fibre data cable.

The fibre data cable project is presently under construction and once completed, will directly link Brisbane to the sub-sea cable that recently landed at the Australian coast of Maroochydore, from Guam.

The Supernode precinct will feature up to four hyperscale data centres that will link directly to the South Pine substation providing up to 800MW of power supply capacity with three high voltage connections.

Quinbrook has secured 30ha site at Brendale for the Supernode project.

Quinbrook has also submitted a ‘code assessable’ planning application to build a 2,000MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to be co-located within the Supernode area. It plans to build the battery storage in mid-2023.

Given that data centres consumer large amount of power, developers are attempting to make them more dependent on clean energy sources such as wind and solar.

Meanwhile, the company has commenced marketing Supernode to data centre operators, reported Reuters.

Quinbrook co-founder and managing partner David Scaysbrook: “Supernode is the latest example of our strategy to make impactful and ‘hard to repeat’ investments that help decarbonise energy intensive data center operations using renewable power solutions.

“Brendale is a truly unique location in the Pacific region and is well deserving of the ‘Supernode’ title. Brendale follows close on the heels of our recent investment in Texas creating a similar 800 MW green data center campus at Temple, near Austin, the initial phase of which became operational last month.”
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Image: The Supernode project will host one of the largest battery storage installations in the Australian National Electricity Market. Credit: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners Pty Ltd.

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