$2 Billion Wind Farm Approved – Tuan State Forest, Maryborough

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Construction on one of the largest wind farms in the southern hemisphere is one step closer following the Queensland Government approving the development for a Wind Forest in state forest between Gympie and Maryborough.

The Forest Wind project is planned to be embedded in Australia’s largest exotic pine plantation, between Maryborough and Gympie, in the Wide Bay region of Queensland. The wind farm is valued at around $2 billion and could increase Queensland’s installed power generation capacity by approximately nine per cent.

 



Cameron Dick, Queensland Planning Minister said the project would contribute to the state’s target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030.

“Forest Wind has the potential to generate up to 1200 megawatts of electricity at capacity, which is enough to supply one in four Queensland homes,” he said.

“This is enough power for all homes across the Wide Bay-Burnett, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast combined”.

“The wind farm is proposed to be developed within state forest land between Gympie and Maryborough, a unique location and a great example of coexistence between established southern pine timber plantations that support our forestry industry and new large-scale renewable energy.”



Anthony Lynham, Queensland Energy Minister  said the project would join Queensland’s existing 5500 megawatts of renewable energy capacity.

“Since December 2016, almost $5 billion has been invested in almost 2500 MW of new renewable generation in Queensland, creating almost 5000 jobs,” 

“More generation helps put downward pressure on power prices, and give Queenslanders have the lowest electricity prices on the eastern seaboard.” Lynham said.

James Pennay, Forest Wind Holdings Chairman  said the project’s location has been carefully selected to take advantage of the plantation’s large working environment.

“We have established a three-kilometre separation distance from residents to wind turbines to ensure industry, the local community and the environment can coexist harmoniously,” 

“We have been undertaking consultation with the local community and stakeholders and we are looking forward to continuing that engagement through the next phase of the project’s development, including with the Butchulla and Kabi Kabi first nation peoples.” Pennay said.

 

Bruce Saunders, Member for Maryborough said the development approval is a significant milestone for the project and great news for jobs in the region.

“Forest Wind will be able to harness the Wide Bay-Burnett region’s great local wind resource, which flows in directly from the Pacific Ocean,”

“Subject to final consideration and the company finalising all contractual agreements, construction could commence as early as the fourth quarter of 2020.”  he said.

 

Project Timeframe
– Construction is proposed to commence between the end of 2020 and 2022
– first stage of the project is expected to be operational by late 2023.

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Source: Information, Drawings and Images
All article information is sourced and available for review from referenced locations.
– Media Release: Another step forward for Wide Bay wind farm project
– Information: Forest Wind
– Interactive Image: Google Aerial and Streetview

 

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