Global industrial giant GE will supply and install the 123 turbines to power Australia’s largest wind project at Cooper’s Gap in Queensland.
Greenlight for the 500MW project, being developed by the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), was given last week.
PARF comprises AGL Energy in partnersship with the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), which is investing funds on behalf of the Commonwealth Government’s Future Fund and the QIC Global Infrastucture Fund.
Cooper’s Gap will be GE’s first wind project in Queensland, and is second in Australia after working with AGL on the Silverton Wind Farm in NSW. It is planned for completion in 2019.
The Cooper’s Gap deal also includes a 25 year full service agreement.
Meanwhile, the greenlight for Cooper’s Gap has triggered a milestone payment of just over $10 million for Windlab Limited, whose technology identified the site as a high quality wind resource back in 2005.
Windlab was created to commercialise technology developed by the CSIRO.