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Huge wind, solar and battery project for central Queensland.

The first stage of a massive renewable energy hub combining wind, solar and storage in central Queensland has been unveiled in a bold pitch to supply heavy industry in the region, including the Boyne aluminium smelter.

Renewable energy developers RES and Energy Estate are building the Moah Creek Renewable Energy Project, located 30km west of Rockhampton, the first part of what they say could be a 2 gigawatt renewable energy hub dubbed the Central Queensland Power Project.

The entire Central Queensland Power project is expected to have a capital expenditure of $6.7 billion, supporting over 4,500 jobs during its construction and a further 550 jobs once it is operational.

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The Moah Creek component would combine 400MW of wind, 200MW of solar and a 300MW big battery.

“The project will facilitate the transition of Central Queensland’s power supply towards firmed renewable energy and in doing so to secure the future for heavy industry in the region,” the two companies said.

“The location of this project was chosen for its good wind speeds, proximity to transmission lines, transport accessibility and our ability to achieve the project goals with minimal environmental and community impacts.”

The Moah Creek facility would be located close to the Stanwell coal fired power station, and among the major industrial loads in the area are the Boyne smelter and various proposed green hydrogen/ammonia projects in Gladstone.

“RES and Energy Estate have a shared vision for the Central Queensland region,” said Matt Rebbeck, the CEO of RES Australia, which just last week signed a deal to sell the Dulacca wind farm to the UK-based Octopus after landing an off-take agreement with the state government owned CleanCo and securing finance.

“The CQP project will draw upon the strengths and experiences of both companies and is perfectly positioned to create jobs, deliver low cost clean energy and support the competitiveness of the region’s existing heavy industry.”

The CQP is one of a number of giga-watt scale hybrid project proposals that are emerging across the country, partly to replace ageing coal generators, and partly to offer cheap and clean power sources to the growing number of renewable hydrogen and ammonia projects.

This article first appeared in Renew Economy.

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