Construction on stage 1 of the Wambo Wind Farm in Queensland’s Western Downs will begin this year, according to announcements made by Cubico Sustainable Investments and Stanwell Corporation.
The 252MW first stage, which will include the installation of 42 V162-6.0MW wind turbines from Vestas, is anticipated to begin in Q2 and end in late 2025.
The Queensland Government-owned Stanwell has been welcomed as a long-term partner for stage 1 of Wambo, which is scheduled to begin in late 2022. Wambo has been created by Cubico and Renewable Energy Partners.
Stanwell will co-own the project with Cubico for the duration of construction as well as the first 30 years of operation.
David Smith, Cubico country head of Australia, said “Cubico is committed to growing its renewable generation portfolio in Australia, with expanded development activities and joint ventures a key component of our growth strategy, so we are very excited to reach this milestone.”
“We are especially proud of the important role this project will play in supporting the Queensland Government’s Energy and Jobs Plan, as Queensland and, more broadly, Australia work to accelerate decarbonisation.”
“Stanwell has a similar long-term outlook to Cubico and many complementary skills that will be used to benefit stage 1 of the Wambo Wind Farm.”
“We have also worked closely with Powerlink on the grid connection and appreciate their strong support for the project.”
“We remain committed to being a good neighbour and promoting local businesses, and I am pleased that Stanwell and Powerlink share the same values.”
Up to 200 jobs might be produced for the Wambo Wind Farm during construction, and an additional 22 full-time equivalent jobs could be created throughout operation.
In order to use local companies for the project and find upskilling possibilities for the project’s supply chain, particularly during construction, Cubico has been working with Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE).
Vestas has been chosen to serve as both the long-term operations and maintenance provider for a minimum of 30 years as well as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) lead for stage 1.
Moreover, Stanwell will devote a trained power generating workforce to helping Vestas with O&M.
At a public event later this month in Jandowae, the local business community will have the chance to get to know the Vestas project team and ask questions concerning construction.
Businesses in the area are invited to get in touch with TSBE to stay updated on forums that Vestas and its subcontractors will host.
Early in March, Cubico and Stanwell want to provide the neighbourhood with an update on the Wambo Wind Farm’s stage 1 construction.
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