Work is set to start on connection of the 252 megawatt (MW) Wambo Wind Farm, near Jandowae, to the transmission network.
Powerlink Chief Executive Paul Simshauser said an agreement had now been signed, signalling the start of Powerlink Queensland’s connection works for the project.
Mr Simshauser said the project, to be developed in a joint venture between Stanwell and Cubico Sustainable Investments, would anchor a third Renewable Energy Zone in Queensland, with a total capacity of up to 2,000MW.
Mr Simshauser said planning and engagement with the local community on the project had been underway more than a year, in the lead up to the formal agreement being finalised.
“With the official notice to proceed now in place, we’ll be starting initial on-ground works, ahead of shifting into full construction phase,” Mr Simshauser said.
“The connection works include constructing 50 kilometres of new 275kV transmission line between our existing Halys Substation, near Kingaroy, and a new substation to be built at the wind farm site.
“We’re excited to see the Western Downs REZ taking shape and look forward to continuing to build on our strong working relationship with both Stanwell and Cubico.”
David Smith, Country Head of Australia at Cubico, said: “It’s been great to work with Powerlink as we move towards another big milestone in the development of the Wambo Wind Farm. We are especially excited to be the foundation customer for Powerlink’s transmission line for the Western Downs REZ, an important step towards ensuring that Queensland meets its ambitious renewable energy targets.”
Find out more about the Wambo Wind Farm Connection Project.