The Southern Hemisphere’s Biggest Wind Farm Will Double Capacity to 2000MW

  • ACCIONA Energía has announced development of the Herries Range Wind Farm (1,000MW), an expansion of the MacIntyre Wind Precinct that will double its capacity to 2,000MW.
  • The MacIntyre Precinct is already the largest wind project in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

The announcement was made during a visit to the Port of Brisbane by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, where the Premier and Cabinet Ministers inspected wind turbine components awaiting transport to the MacIntyre Wind Precinct 60km west of Warwick.  The MacIntyre Precinct (1,023MW), already under construction, will be equipped with 180 5.7MW turbines.

The MacIntyre Wind Precinct currently consists of two wind farms: MacIntyre (923MW), owned by ACCIONA Energía (70%) and Ark Energy (30%), and government-owned energy company CleanCo’s proposed Karara Wind Farm.

Australia’s Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said the expanded MacIntyre Wind Precinct would mean thousands of Queenslanders engaged in another significant step for the nation, as it strives to shield households and business from exposure to volatile and expensive global fossil fuel markets. “This precinct will support ongoing local jobs and local supply chain opportunities with hundreds of millions of dollars in procurement from businesses based in and around towns like Warwick, Inglewood and Toowoomba,” he said.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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