First major construction works for the MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct located 50 kms south-west of Warwick , Queensland will begin soon with over 400 construction supply chain jobs expected to be procured over the next 12-18 months.
With a total investment of AU$1.96 billion, the 1,026MW MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct will be ACCIONA Energia’s biggest renewable energy facility and one of the largest onshore wind farms in the world. Developed in partnership with CleanCo, the Queensland Government’s newest renewable energy generator, the wind farm is expected to be operational in 2024.
Up to 400 jobs will be generated over the life of the Precinct, providing a significant economic boost to regional Queensland communities, with local spend during construction tipped to exceed $500 million.
ACCIONA Energia MacIntyre Wind Farm Project Manager Benjamin Ortiz will be presenting the projects procurement opportunties to Queensland’s and Australia’s resource and construction supply chain at the Connecting Renewable Energy Conference Queensland on April 7.
“To help encourage local business participation in the first quarter of 2022, we will be conducting several tendering workshops throughout the region, to teach local businesses how to respond to tender opportunities available through the project,” the company said in a statement.
“There are many roles that will be available through all stages of the project – from the planning, through to construction and operations”
The construction process is likely to take between 12 – 24 months; the actual period will be dependent upon weather conditions and the final project size.
The MacIntyre Wind Farm will be constructed on land predominately used for sheep farming. Current farming practices will continue during the construction and operations phases of the wind farm. The site has been selected due to its exposure to consistent winds across this part of the country and provides a suitable resource for the development of a wind farm.