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AGL gets Queensland approval for 460MW wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 05 June 2017

AGL Energy (AGL) has secured a development permit from the Queensland Government to build up to 115 turbines for the 460MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm.

Located 180km of Brisbane in the north-west direction, Coopers Gap is being touted to be the largest wind farm in the Australian state of Queensland.

It is being planned to be built between Dalby and Kingaroy near Cooranga North on a land that has been mostly used for grazing cattle among other farming activities.

AGL is looking to connect the wind farm through a 275kV transmission line to a new Powerlink substation. The transmission line built by Powerlink spans from Western Downs to Halys.

Once operational, the Coopers Gap Wind Farm is expected to generate about 1,400GWh of renewable energy. It would meet the energy needs of more than 240,000 average Australian households.

The wind farm would offset about 1,100,000 tonnes annually which is equivalent to taking more than 320,000 cars off the road.

AGL Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager Evan Carless hopes that the wind farm will be the next greenfield renewable development provided to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF).

Carless said: “The PARF is a partnership between AGL, QIC and Future Fund, which is targeting the development of approximately 1,000 MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.

“The wind farm will provide economic as well as environmental benefits. It is another example of how AGL is committed to building a sustainable energy future.”

In late May, AGL officially commissioned a jointly built CO2 recovery plant with Air Liquide Australia. The plant recovers carbon dioxide (CO2) from AGL’s Torrens Island power station site in Adelaide.