- Published: 27 March 2020 27 March 2020
Acciona will build its largest ever wind farm in Australia, the MacIntyre complex in Queensland, with a total capacity of 1,026MW. The project will boost the Queensland government's decarbonisation strategy, mobilising total investments of AU$1.96 billion (€1 billion). The bulk of the investment will take place between 2022 and 2023.
Acciona has reached an agreement with CleanCo, the Queensland Government’s newest renewable energy generator, for it to become the independent owner and operator of a 100MW wind farm within the MacIntyre complex. In addition, CleanCo will acquire the annual production of 400MW from Acciona's facilities for ten years through a power purchase agreement (PPA).
Acciona is negotiating additional supply agreements with private clients as well as the possible involvement of other offtaker-investor partners for its 926MW in the MacIntyre complex.
The project is scheduled to begin construction in mid-2021, with a gradual start-up in phases to ensure connection to the grid for the state's electricity system, while optimizing the return on investment. Some 64 km of transmission lines will be laid to connect the wind complex to the grid. The entire MacIntyre complex is scheduled to be fully operational in 2024.
The complex will consist of 180 Nordex Group’s Delta4000 turbines, each with a capacity of up to 5.7MW.