Banana Range wind farm to create 150 construction jobs

A new $350 million wind farm south-west of Gladstone has been given the go-ahead by the Queensland Government, creating up to 150 construction jobs.

Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said the new wind farm will boost the total capacity of wind generation approved by the Queensland Government to 2240 megawatts, enough to power over one million homes.

“The Banana Range wind farm, located 20 km west of Biloela, will provide a huge boost for the local economy,” Mr Dick said.

“With up to 150 construction jobs and up to 15 ongoing jobs, the Banana Range Wind Farm will not only generate electricity for homes and businesses but will be an economic energy source for the surrounding region.

“The Banana Range wind farm will generate around 180 megawatts at capacity, which will power around 120,000 homes, around five times the number of houses in Gladstone.

Lacour Energy director James Townsend said the wind farm is in an area of excellent wind resources with an existing high voltage 132-kilovolt transmission line running through the project site, which will connect the wind farm to the power network.

Construction will begin in 2020 and will take approximately 24 months to complete.

The project is being undertaken by Orange Creek Energy Pty Ltd, a subsidiary renewable energy company of Lacour Energy based in Brisbane.