$1 billion Lacour Energy Wind Farm, Qld, granted development approval

The Queensland government has provided development approval for up to 195 wind turbines at Clarke Creek, 150 kilometres north west of Rockhampton.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the $1 billion Lacour Energy wind farm project would involve approximately 350 jobs during construction.

“In addition to building the turbines, associated infrastructure will include substations, temporary workers’ accommodation, staff and operational facilities and powerlines,” Mr Dick said.

“This means jobs for the region over the project’s 36-month construction period.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the new wind farm was part of Queensland’s $20 billion pipeline of energy projects – with projects worth almost $4.5 billion underway or financially committed.

Once constructed, the wind farm will be one of the largest in Australia

Director of Lacour Energy Mark Rayner said the Clarke Creek wind farm would have a power output of more than over 800 megawatts of electricity.

“It is a unique renewable energy project which combines excellent wind and solar resources at a location directly adjacent to the backbone of the Powerlink 275 kV transmission network,” Mr Rayner said.

“The wind farm development approval is a significant milestone for the project.

“We look forward to completing the feasibility study by the end of the year so that construction can begin early next year,” he said.