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Construction has begun on Australia’s first gigawatt scale wind project  – the 1.026GW MacIntyre complex in south west Queensland – that is being built at a cost of $2 billion.

The complex will comprise two wind farms – the 923MW MacIntyre facility that is majority owned by Spanish energy giant Acciona, and the 103MW Karara wind farm which will be owned and operated by state-owned CleanCo.

The MacIntyre wind complex will be nearly double the size of Australia’s current biggest wind farm, the 530MW Stockyard Hill project in Victoria, although that project has yet to reach full production due to commissioning delays.

Most of the capacity from MacIntyre is being contracted to CleanCo – the Karara component that it will own and another 400MW from the main project.

[Giles Parkinson]

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