Construction begins on Queensland’s $300m battery in Swanbank

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CleanCo, in partnership with Tesla and Yurika, begins construction on one of Queensland’s largest batteries as part of the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub.

  • CleanCo is partnering with Tesla and Yurika to deliver a 250MW/500MWh publicly owned battery at its Swanbank site.
  • The battery will have a two-hour storage capacity, making it one of the largest in Queensland once complete.
  • The battery will form part of the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub, a site that has played an important role in Queensland’s energy supply for more than 50 years.

Premier Steven Miles, Deputy Premier Cameron Dick and Energy Minister Mick de Brenni have marked the start of construction on one of Queensland’s biggest batteries.

“My government will always champion projects that deliver cheaper, cleaner energy to Queensland households,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

“It’s why we are delivering big batteries in your neighbourhood, and today marking the start of construction on one right here in Swanbank,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

“Renewables are driving down the spot wholesale price of power below zero, which is why we will continue to invest in them,” says Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

In a partnership with Tesla and Yurika, Queensland’s publicly owned CleanCo will deliver the $330 million battery in Swanbank. 

Set to be a pivotal component for the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub and Queensland’s clean energy future, the Swanbank Battery will be constructed on the site of the former Swanbank B coal-fired power station.

With an impressive capacity of 250MW/500MWh, the battery can store enough energy to power more than two-thirds of Ipswich for two hours each night when demand rises as the sun sets.

The project, CleanCo’s first battery storage project, will create around 60 jobs during construction and up to 10 full-time jobs in operation.

“The Miles Government is committed to Queensland’s transformation to a stronger, decarbonised economy. That’s why we have provided $330 million for this project through the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund,” says Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Cameron Dick MP.

“This battery will store the solar generated across the rooftops of Ipswich, allowing it to be used when the sun goes down,” says Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Cameron Dick MP.

“The LNP closed the Swanbank Power Station because power prices were too low, whilst Labor reopened it. Now, we’ve started converting it into one of the state’s first Clean Energy Hubs,” says Minister for Energy and Clean Economy Jobs Mick de Brenni.

“This big battery is proof the Miles Government is taking real action to decarbonise our state’s economy in a way that makes cost of living more affordable for Queenslanders,” says Minister for Energy and Clean Economy Jobs Mick de Brenni.

“Conversion of the Swanbank site to a Clean Energy Hub means job security for the local workforce – a key commitment under the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan – this is the same plan the LNP are yet to say if they support or not.”

With the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) set to arrive later this year, CleanCo plans to have the site energised by mid-2025, adding significant storage capacity to Queensland’s electricity network.

This is just one of many renewable energy projects being delivered as part of the Miles Labor Government Big Energy Build.

“This project marks our commitment to a sustainable energy future for Queensland, marking the beginning of the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub’s transformative journey,” says CleanCo CEO Tom Metcalfe.

“CleanCo has consulted extensively with the local community to develop a master plan for the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub, ensuring it is not only South East Queensland’s flagship energy precinct, but that it reflects the values and needs of the local community as well,” says CleanCo CEO Tom Metcalfe.

“Energy infrastructure is at the core of what we do, and we’re really looking forward to the partnership with CleanCo Queensland, Tesla and of course the local community to reimagine Swanbank through its Clean Energy Hub,” says Yurika Executive General Manager Belinda Watton.

$330 million in funding has been provided from the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund.

Source: © The State of Queensland 1997–2024 (Department of the Premier and Cabinet)

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