The Ravenshoe area has a history of wind farm development, including Queensland's first wind farm which was opened in the year 2000 at the turn of the millenia. This new project builds on that history to provide clean, renewable energy well into the middle of the century.
The Chalumbin Wind Farm is located 20km south of Ravenshoe, and to the west of the Tully Falls National Park in northern Queensland. The location has been selected due to an excellent wind resource, low population density and proximity to high voltage transmission lines.
Wind measurements to date show particularly high night-time wind speeds which will be complementary to wider Queensland energy mix. These measurements are ongoing, and Epuron is using them to shape a large wind farm project of up to 100 wind turbines with tip heights in excess of 200 metres. Each wind turbine will require access tracks for construction and operation, as well as underground and overhead powerlines.
A number of transmission connection options are being considered and a range of voltage options and substation locations are available to the project.
Wind farms generate significant economic benefits for the local region during both the construction and operating phases. Around half of the capital cost is expected to be spent within Queensland, and local businesses will benefit from increased number of workers in the area.
Epuron has been measuring wind speeds at the site for more than 12 months, with extremely promising results.
Epuron is now working with stakeholders to prepare an initial wind turbine layout and to determine the optimum wind farm size for this area. This initial layout will be used to frame consultation with the local community and to identify site survey work required for the environmental assessment of the project.
The size of the wind farm is likely to be determined by the available grid connection capacity. While Queensland has a future proposal to upgrade this area of the grid, its current capacity is likely to limit the scale of the wind farm. Epuron will continue to work with Powerlink and the Queensland Government as it determines the final size of the project.
Epuron has engaged with the Queensland Government to determine the planning assessment requirements of the project. An initial desktop assessment has been undertaken to understand any particular development risks as we move towards a development application.
Epuron is starting to engage with the broader community and to seek input to the project development process. So far this has included presentations to Council and other stakeholders.
We are keen to engage with the community widely to understand the benefits and impacts seen by the community, and where possible to shape the project to provide the greatest benefit.
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