Forest + Wind = Opportunity

Wednesday 22 Jan 2020

Job-generating Wide Bay wind farm proposal gaining momentum - A proposed large-scale wind farm project in the Wide Bay region, valued at up to $2 billion, is moving forward thanks to facilitation support provided by the Palaszczuk Government.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the Forest Wind project could create around 440 construction jobs and boost renewables supply for Queensland’s future energy needs.

“This would be one the largest grid-connected wind farms in the southern hemisphere,” Mr Dick said.

“The wind farm would generate approximately 1200 megawatts at capacity, which will power more than 550,000 homes.

“This is enough power for all homes across the Wide Bay-Burnett, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast combined, or the entire Brisbane City Council area.

“This could increase Queensland’s installed power generation capacity by approximately nine per cent. The project is being advanced as an exclusive transaction as part of the Queensland Government’s investment facilitation services.

“It will now move into the detailed assessment stage, which will also include the assessment of its development application.”

Mr Dick said the proposed wind farm would be located within state forest land between Gympie and Maryborough.

“It would co-exist with established southern pine timber plantations that support our forestry industry,” he said.

Forest Wind Holdings, a joint venture between Queensland-based renewables firm CleanSight and Siemens Financial Services, has proposed to locate up to 226 wind turbines across the sites.

The plantations are owned and managed by HQPlantations on land under licence from the state.

The project has the potential to generate 1200 megawatts of renewable energy.

Together with other wind energy projects in the state, this would represent 12 per cent of Queensland’s installed generation capacity.

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Source: Queensland Government

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