Government approval for $2 billion Forest Wind project

One of the largest grid-connected wind farms in the southern hemisphere is a step closer for the Wide Bay-Burnett region, with the Queensland Government granting development approval for Forest Wind.

Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said the project, which is proposed to comprise of up to 226 turbines, would provide a huge boost for the local economy, creating around 440 jobs during construction and a further 50 full time jobs during operation.

The wind farm is proposed to be developed within state forest land between Gympie and Maryborough. 

Forest Wind Holdings Chairman James Pennay said the project’s location has been carefully selected to take advantage of the plantation’s large working environment.

The wind farm, which is valued at around $2 billion, could increase Queensland’s installed power generation capacity by approximately nine per cent.

Subject to final consideration and the company finalising all contractual agreements, construction could commence as early as the fourth quarter of 2020.

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