New legislation will fast-track $2 billion Forest Wind project


Plans to build one of the largest onshore wind farms in the Southern Hemisphere on government-owned forestry land in Queensland’s Wide Bay-Burnett region are set to be fast-tracked, with the tabling of new legislation in state parliament.

Renew Economy is reporting the massive 1200MW Forest Wind project, a joint venture between global engineering giant Siemens and project Queensland renewables outfit Clean Sight, was given state government approval in February.

The project proposes to install up to 226 turbines in state forest used as pine plantations between the towns of Gympie and Maryborough, in a similar way to that proposed by French renewable energy developer Neoen, which is looking at a 900MW wind project and battery hub in western Victoria.

The recent introduction of the Forest Wind Development Bill 2020 marked the successful completion of the detailed assessment stage of the $2 billion project, and would work to cut red tape for its developers.

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