Project

MacIntyre Wind Farm

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
MacIntyre Wind Farm

The proposed MacIntyre Wind Farm, located 200 kilometres south-west of Brisbane, will produce a combined 1,026 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes a 923-megawatt wind farm, to be constructed by ACCIONA, supported by Korea Zinc Co, and a 103-megawatt Karara Wind Farm, to be delivered by Queensland Government-owned CleanCo. The site for the project will be located within 36,000 hectares of leased land.

The project is expected to comprise 180 wind turbines and will also include 64 kilometres of new transmission lines to connect to the national grid, as well as an on-site substation. The site has the potential for energy storage in future, however this is not currently within the scope.

Key Dates

Mar 2020 Project Announced
Apr 2021 Planning approval granted
Jul 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Jul 2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Queensland Government

The Queensland Government's funding commitment is provided via CleanCo for the Karara Wind Farm, which will be located on the broader project site.

Financing

ACCIONA, Korea Zinc and CleanCo all have equity stakes in the project. 923 megawatts of generation is to be constructed by ACCIONA, which will own 70 per cent of this section and Korea Zinc will own 30 per cent. The remaining 103 megawatts of generation is to be procured and owned by CleanCo.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: ACCIONA will procure the main 923-megawatt wind farm and CleanCo will procure the 103-megawatt Karara Wind Farm on the site.

PROJECT HISTORY

Mar 2020 ACCIONA secured a 400-megawatt Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Queensland Government’s renewable energy generator, CleanCo. CleanCo also committed to owning and operating a 103-megawatt wind farm within the greater MacIntyre complex.
Jul 2020 ACCIONA submitted a development application seeking a development permit for a Material Change of Use to allow construction and operation of the wind farm to the State Assessment and Referral Agency.
Mar 2021 Ark Energy, a subsidiary of Korea Zinc Co., aquired a 30 per cent equity stake of ACCIONA's wind farm. ACCIONA will remain responsible for managing the project through its development, construction, operations and maintenance stages of the 923-megawatt wind farm. The MacIntyre Wind Farm will also power Sun Metals Corporation, a separate Korea Zinc Co. subsidiary in Australia.
Apr 2021 The project received planning approval from the Queensland Government’s State Assessment and Referral Agency.
Jun 2021 In its 2021-22 Budget, the Queensland Government allocated $145 million to CleanCo in FY2021-22 to develop the 103-megawatt Karara Wind Farm on the project site.
Estimated Total Cost
(2020)
Sector
Energy
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
Queensland |
Infrastructure Australia status
Not considered
Resources
Project pages
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