Green light for Wambo Wind Farm in Western Downs
Construction of a wind farm project in the heart of Australia’s energy capital is getting close to commencing which will contribute to the government’s renewable targets.
The rapid progress of Wambo Wind Farm’s first stage means construction could start as early as Q2 of 2022, helping to deliver renewable energy to the national electricity grid.
The Jandowae based project will create up to 200 jobs during the construction phase and up to 20 staff will be required once operational, with a focus on local labour by owner, Cubico Sustainable Investments.
Cubico’s head of Australia, David Smith, said, “Cubico is committed to maximizing the opportunities for people and companies in the local area to supply goods and services to, and direct employment with, the wind farm during construction and operations.”
“We are very excited to be working with Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) to understand how best to make this happen”.
Stage 1 of the major project will deliver around 250MW of renewable wind energy from 42 turbines into the national grid and contribute to the Queensland Government’s target of 50% renewable generation by 2030.
Wambo Wind Farm is expected to begin operating and producing clean power in late 2023.
Once complete, it will produce enough energy to power approximately 170,500 houses per year and prevent emissions of more than 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.
TSBE’s General Manager of Energy and Infrastructure Lance MacManus congratulated Cubico on the huge milestone.
“Wambo Wind Farm is an extraordinary project for our region, not only contributing to renewable energy targets but also creating great supply chain opportunities.”
“We’re excited to be partnering with Cubico to carry out a supply chain mapping exercise to boost opportunities for businesses in the region,” Mr MacManus said.
TSBE’s online Supplier Portal will provide a better understanding of local capability through a new questionnaire which has stemmed from research into windfarm projects.
This information will help Cubico identify businesses who are ready to work on the development from concept to design, construction, operations and maintenance and will also identify upskilling opportunities for the supply chain.
Queensland businesses interested in wind farm development are being encouraged to register their capability on TSBE’s Supplier Portal at Linking Businesses to Opportunities - Windfarm Capability Mapping | TSBE Suppliers Portal.
With interest in Wambo Wind Farm now expected to ramp up following the funding announcement, Cubico and TSBE are organizing an online information session will be held on Wednesday, 10 November. The principal contractors and maintenance providers will explain their procurement processes and requirements.
The webinar will help regional supply chain businesses understand how they can be involved in the project and what opportunities are available once the next phase of the project begins.
To register for the webinar please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWFsupplychain