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Queensland state government approves development of 500MW Wambo wind farm

Renew Economy:

The 500MW Wambo wind farm and associated big battery in the Western Downs region of Queensland has received planning approval from the state government, with construction expected to begin late next year.

The Wambo wind project is one of a number of massive new renewable energy projects committed or planned in Queensland. Co-developers Renewable Energy Partners and the UK-based Cubico also intend to add a big battery, provisionally sized at 50MW/200MWh, joining a growing number of battery projects with four hours of storage.

REP is also currently developing the 250MW Western Downs Solar Farm, the 1.5GW Bowen pumped hydro project and the 500MW Eungella wind farm.

Wambo – which will feature 110 wind turbines – is located around 20km north-east of Jandowae, and not far from the 453MW Coopers Gap wind farm that is nearing completion. It is one of nearly 30 large scale wind and solar projects built, approved or under construction in the Western Downs council area, and will go ahead once off-take agreements and financing are in place.

“We are pleased to be developing a renewable energy project of this quality and scale that will assist the Queensland government in moving towards its target of 50% renewable energy generation by 2030,” Cubico Australia head David Smith said. “Construction of Stage 1 of the wind farm is expected to begin in late 2021, creating around 200 jobs, and be fully operational in 2023, providing a further 20 jobs. Cubico has a strong commitment to working with the state, as well as the local governments and community, to deliver jobs that support regional Queensland.”

[Giles Parkinson]

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