Construction begins for $192.5m Wambo Wind Farm

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Construction works have officially begun at Wambo Wind Farm, which will soon boast some of the largest onshore wind turbines in Australia.

Ground has been broken and construction has officially begun on the Wambo Wind Farm, northwest of Dalby.

The project is a joint venture between Cubico Sustainable Investments and publicly owned Stanwell Corporation.

Located on the Western Downs, the project’s 42 turbines will generate 252 MW of energy for the Palaszczuk Government’s target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

The Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, was joined by officials from Cubico and Stanwell on Thursday to officially launch the project as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan.

The milestone comes less than a week after the government announced a further half a billion dollars of investment to propel the development of large-scale solar and wind projects, and its commitment to maintain a majority share in energy generation. 

The Wambo Wind Farm is backed by a $192.5 million investment from the Palaszczuk Government’s Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund for Stanwell’s 50% share in the project.

“Today marks another important step forward to Queensland’s renewable energy future – starting construction of the Wambo Wind Farm, and propelling us closer to our renewable energy target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and 80 per cent renewable energy by 2035,” says Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni.

“The Wambo Wind Farm is a prime example of the Palaszczuk Government partnering with the private sector to deliver clean energy to Queenslanders, while retaining control of the energy system,” says Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni.

“The power generated by the 42 wind turbines northwest of Dalby will be sent to the Queensland SuperGrid in 2025, to be connected to the state’s next pumped hydro at Borumba, west of the Sunshine Coast in 2032,” says Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni.

The wind farm, which will soon vaunt some of the largest onshore wind turbines in the nation, at 247m is the latest project to join Stanwell’s rapidly advancing portfolio of renewable energy assets to support the Queensland Energy and Jobs plan target of 80% renewable energy by 2035.

“Cubico has been developing Wambo Wind Farm with Renewable Energy Partners since 2019, so we’re incredibly excited to have moved into construction for stage 1 of the project,” says Cubico David Smith.

“This is a real landmark in Queensland’s transition from coal to renewables and we’ve been very pleased to partner with the Queensland Government, Stanwell and Powerlink, which all share in our commitment to decarbonise Australia,” says Cubico David Smith.

“Importantly, the project will play a significant role in supporting the Queensland Government’s Energy and Jobs Plan, and we are proud to be at the forefront of providing a transition to renewables for energy workers,” says Cubico David Smith.

“This 42 turbine wind farm forms part of Stanwell’s rapidly accelerating pipeline of renewable energy projects set to total 9-10 GW of clean energy capacity by 2035,” says Michael O’Rourke CEO Stanwell.

“Our growing pipeline means that we can expand our renewable offerings for our commercial and industrial customers and support the Palaszczuk Government’s target of 80% renewable energy by 2035,” says Michael O’Rourke CEO Stanwell.

“Today we have taken a significant step forward for Queensland’s renewable energy industry, and a major milestone in our journey to provide reliable, secure and affordable energy products for our commercial and industrial customers who want to power their businesses with clean renewable energy,” says Michael O’Rourke CEO Stanwell.

The project, and its grid connection, is anticipated to create around 450 jobs in construction with clean energy set to protect jobs in Queensland’s biggest industries, including mining, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Wambo Wind Farm is being delivered by two publicly owned Queensland energy companies, Powerlink Queensland for grid connection works, and Stanwell Corporation as a joint venture partnership with Cubico Sustainable Investments.

Source: © The State of Queensland

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