Coopers Gap Wind Farm, Queensland, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Wed May 06 2020 06:28:07 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 453 MW
    planned installed capacity of the proposed Coopers Gap wind farm located 180 km north-west of Brisbane near Cooranga North, between Dalby and Kingaroy.
  • 1,400 GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 260,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 1,180,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational which is equivalent of taking 320,000 cars off the road.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used for the wind farm. The site will be located on 12 farming properties near Cooranga North between Dalby and Kingaroy on land which is predominately used for cattle grazing and other farming activities.
  • 123
    turbines will be used. Increased from 115 that was approved in Mar 2017. General Electric will supply two sets of wind turbines to the wind farm - 91 3.6 MW turbines with 137m rotors, and 32 3.8 MW turbines with 130m rotors.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: AGL Energy, EPC and O&M: Consortium comprising General Electric (GE) & Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON), Distributor: Powerlink
  • $850 million
    estimated project cost - funded through a combination of Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) partners’ equity and a lending group comprising Westpac Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Societe Generale, DBS Bank, Mizuho Bank and ABN Amro.
  • 200
    jobs during construction phase (likely to rise to a peak of 350). There were approximately 80 workers from the South Burnett and Western Downs region according to Health and safety co-ordinator for CATCON, Peter Christie.
  • 20
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • 02 Mar 2017
    In state Parliament on Thursday, State Development Minister Anthony Lynham announced the environmental impact study had been approved by the Co-ordinator-General.
  • 17 Aug 2017
    AGL announced it has reached financial close through a $22 million sale of the project into the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF). The sale ncludes AGL writing a power purchase agreement at a bundled (i.e. including both electricity and associated renewable energy certificates) offtake price of less than $60/MWh (real) for an initial five years.
  • Aug 2017
    AGL has named a joint venture consisting of GE and Catcon as the successful tenderer for the engineering procurement contract. AGL and GE/Catcon will develop the wind farm with full operation targeted by the middle of the 2019 calendar year. GE will also been signed for a 25-year service agreement to repair and maintain the wind farm.
  • 07 Feb 2018
    Start of construction. Dave Johnson, Paul McVeigh, Dr Anthony Lynham and Keith Campbell turn the first sod.
  • May 2018
    Foundational construction works continue on site with the first turbine expected in early Jun.
  • Jun 2018
    Widening of Niagara Road from 5m to 7.5m commences so the 171 feet turbine blades can be transported to site. Work on building bases for the wind farm’s turbines has begun over the past three months, with an average of “between three and four being built each week - Construction Manager Andrew Baker.
  • 11 Sep 2018
    The first blade made its way from Brisbane to Cooranga North overnight, arriving early this morning. This giant wind farm turbine blade weighs 24 tonnes, is 70 m long and the 1st of 369 blades that will eventually arrive at the farm. 6 months of planning went in to its trip to site.
  • 12 Sep 2018
    Two 2-tonne transformers arrived at the site, requiring special trucks to transport them over more than 260 kilometres from the Port of Brisbane. These transformers are the most significant pieces of equipment required for Powerlink's work to connect the wind farm to the electricity transmission network.
  • 17 Sep 2018
    More blades depart for site given the successful delivery of the first blade a few days earlier.
  • 04 Dec 2018
    Two turbines in the first stage have been erected and a third turbine is only days away from completion. On-site construction of the wind farm is progressing, with 95 foundations poured, both main transformers energised, construction of the 275kV substation by Powerlink complete, and energisation of the 33kV switchyard.
  • 29 Apr 2020
    Final turbine installed completing the construction of Australia’s largest wind farm. 96 of the 123 turbines are commissioned and 182 MW of electricity was generated into the national electricity grid as the wind farm steadily increased to its full capacity.