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Cr lawrence springborg and minister de brenni

$2b Acciona Wind Farm precinct - currently the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere

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Mayor of the Goondiwindi Region, the Honourable Cr Lawrence Springborg AM, had the pleasure of attending the sod turning for the Macintyre Wind Farms this past week and was struck by the magnitude of the project.

The Mayor said, “The mega scale of this project and the construction equipment already on site is astonishing, and to think it is right in our back yard.   It is currently the largest project of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and can supply up to 700,000 homes with power.

“The $2b project is expected to create 400 jobs during construction, a further 220 transmission connection jobs and 15 permanent jobs onsite.  Work has already commenced on the project and has the potential to inject millions into the local economy.

“I am very thankful to Minister De Brenni and his commitment to this project, in addition to the recent $2 million awarded to the Council for the Goondiwindi Region Waste Water Treatment Plant hydrogen project,” he said.

Fast Facts:

  • The 1,026MW (megawatt) precinct consists of two wind farms – the proposed 103MW Karara Wind Farm to be owned and operated by the Queensland Government’s low-emissions generator and retailer CleanCo Queensland, and the 923MW MacIntyre Wind Farm that will be owned and operated by ACCIONA Energy Australia.
  • This project will create 400 project jobs during construction and support a further 220 transmission connection jobs.
  • At the time of construction the precinct will be the largest wind farms in the southern hemisphere.
  • Construction will occur over a 2.5 year period, with final testing expected to be complete mid-2025.
  • Includes 180 turbines across both farms.
  • Total height of the turbine (to the tip) is approximately 228m.
  • Each turbine requires around 700m3 of concrete.
  • The 36,000ha precinct includes over 200km of internal roads, and over 1000km of medium voltage underground cabling to connect the turbines and sub-stations.  
  • Estimated 80 million + tonnes of CO2 avoided over the life of the asset.

8th June 2022 at 12:00 AM