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Collaboration on renewables hub in Queensland to create jobs and supply chain opportunities

Energy Estate’s collaboration with RES Australia to construct solar, wind, and battery generation capacity in the industrial hub of Gladstone, Queensland is expected to create thousands of supply chain jobs over the next decade.

The two companies are working on a development known as the Central Queensland Power (CQP) Project, to deliver a supply of windsolar and storage solutions.

“The shared CQP vision is to accelerate the carbonisation of heavy industry and the community in Queensland,” the companies said in a joint statement. They further added that this project comes in line with supporting the local Gladstone community, as well as decarbonising the “industrial eco-system through the supply of low carbon energy”.

Known as the Fitzroy Renewable Energy Zone, and with an expected capacity of over 4GW,  the combined projects are expected to be delivered over the next 3-10 years alongside the establishment of a “robust and resilient” renewable energy supply chain.

In Queensland, RES Australia has developed the 72-MW Emerald solar farm and the 180-MW Dulacca windpark, while Energy Estate has worked on the 300-MW Rodds Bay solar project through its affiliate Renew Estate.

Related: RES Australia Project Development Manager Garry Hamilton will present the procurement opportunties available to the supply chain for the Fitzroy Renewable Energy Zone at the Connecting Renewable Energy Conference Queensland on April 7.

“As they proceed through development, construction and operations, in total the projects are expected to create over a thousand local jobs and the overall investment in the projects will inject millions of dollars into the local economy,” commented Simon Corbell, chief advisor of Energy Estate.

The Projects earmarked for the Fitzroy Renewable Energy Zone are: Moah Creek Renewable Energy Project (Wind, Solar, and Battery Storage), Wooderson Solar Farm (Solar, and Battery Storage), IIveragh Renewable Energy Project (Wind, Solar, and Battery Storage), the Mount Rainbow Wind Farm, and the Mount Perry Renewable Energy Project (Wind and Battery).

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