Clarke Creek Wind Farm, Queensland, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Mon Sep 07 2020 07:28:15 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 800 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Clarke Creek Wind Farm located 150 km north west of Rockhampton and 150 km south of Mackay in the Isaac and Livingstone Shire council areas. The project will be developed in 2 stages: 450 MW in stage 1 and 350 MW in stage 2. The project is part of a larger hybrid implementation consisting of 400 MW of solar and battery storage at the same site.
  • ? GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year. Power from the farm is estimated to make up 3 per cent of Queensland's current electricity needs.
  • 590,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 76,000
    hectares of land available for use. According to Lacour Energy Company director Mark Rayner, the turbines would be positioned across eight cattle grazing properties, stretching 50 kilometres along the Broadsound Range and located on the backbone of the Powerlink 275 kV transmission network.
  • 195
    Number of Goldwind turbines that are proposed to be used. The wind turbines will be installed on the mountain range in the Isaac Shire and Livingstone Shire areas.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: a) Project Developer: Lacour Energy, b) EPC and O&M: Goldwind, c) PPA: Stanwell Corporation
  • $1.5 billion
    estimated project cost.
  • 350
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 25
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • $200,000
    Size of the annual community benefit fund that will be set up by the project. It is also estimated the project will inject $50-$100 million into the local economy during the construction through the employment of local contractors and service providers
  • 2019
    Likely start of construction after completion of feasibility studies by end of 2018.
  • 05 Jun 2018
    Project receives development approval from the Queensland state government.
  • Dec 2018
    The project receives Federal Government approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act). Lancour and Goldwind will now seek expressions of interest for the balance of plant tender process for the full civil and electrical works for the wind farm and plan to shortly launch the Clarke Creek local business participation program.
  • Jan 2019
    Construction looks set to begin after the first community consultative committee meeting for the project was held.
  • 25 Aug 2020
    Stanwell, Queensland’s largest electricity generator, and which operates mostly coal fired power stations, signs a 15 year, 348 MW Power Purchase Agreement for the 450 MW first stage of the project.