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New $2B energy project announced for southern Qld

Siemens workers
Siemens workers

A utilities and infrastructure developer and its financial backer plan to build a $2 billion renewable energy development in Queensland’s Wide Bay region.

Forest Wind Holdings, which comprises of CleanSight and Siemens Financial Services, proposes to install up to 226 wind turbines in Tuan State Forest, 138km south of Bundaberg.

The project involves creating a concrete foundation with a diameter of between 25 and 30 metres, 160 metre high tower with a nacelle and three rotor blades spanning 85 metres.

Each turbine will be embedded into the existing exotic pine plantation owned by HQPlantations across an area measuring 65km by 30km and a high voltage electrical transmission line will transport electricity generated to Powerlink Queensland’s Woolooga Substation. The farm is promised to generate about 1200 megawatts at capacity, which could power more than 550,000 homes.

490 jobs

About 440 jobs will be created during construction, which is expected to begin before Christmas 2020. These include truck drivers, earth movers, concreters, electrical fitters, crane operators, electrical and mechanical fitters, engineering and project managers and administrative staff.

A further 50 positions will be available once the wind farm is operational, including a range of civil, mechanical, electrical and administrative roles.

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“This would be one the largest grid-connected wind farms in the southern hemisphere,” State Development Minister Cameron Dick said in a public statement. “The project is being advanced as an exclusive transaction as part of the Queensland Government’s investment facilitation services. It will now move into the detailed assessment stage, which will also include the assessment of its development application.”

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