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MacIntyre Wind Farm

Located approximately 50 km South-West of Warwick and approximately 10 kms south of Karara, the proposed MacIntyre Wind Farm is expected to have an export capacity of approximately 1,026 MW and up to 180 turbines.

The MacIntyre Wind Farm will be located within 36,000 hectares of leased land approximately 200 kms south-west of Brisbane and approximately 50 kms south-west of Warwick in Queensland.

The MacIntyre Wind Farm will be constructed on land predominately used for sheep farming.  Current farming practices will continue during the construction and operations phases of the wind farm.

The site has been selected due to its exposure to consistent winds across this part of the country and provides a suitable resource for the development of a wind farm.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Project Configuration: 180 x 5.7 MW turbines

Capacity: 1,026 MW

Number of turbines: up to 180

Anticipated construction commencement: Mid 2021

Anticipated construction duration: 18 – 24 months

Energy production: equivalent up to 700,000 homes annually

Grid connection: A new 64 km high voltage overhead transmission line will be built to connect to the Powerlink network at Tummaville.

Tip Height: up to 285 metres

Project Value: $1.96 billion AUD

Project Location: Approximately 50 km South-West of Warwick and approximately 10 kms south of Karara

ACCIONA has reached an agreement with CleanCo, the Queensland Government’s newest renewable energy generator, for it to become the independent owner and operator of a 100MW wind farm within the MacIntyre complex. In addition, CleanCo will acquire the annual production of 400MW from ACCIONA's facilities for ten years through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

 

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Proposed MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct:             

The proposed MacIntyre Wind Precinct map can be viewed on the icon here   
To view the latest MacIntyre Newsletter, click here.

 

Benefits:

  • Provide significant economic activity across the Goondiwindi, Southern Downs and Toowoomba Regional Council areas
  • Generate a workforce of approximately 400 over the life of the project
  • Result in the establishment of a Community Enhancement Program to strategically deliver added value to the local regional over the life cycle of the project
  • Provide a sustainable and renewable source of energy for the region, with clean energy equivalent to the consumption of around 700,000 homes
  • To find out more about the MacIntyre Wind Farm check out the Fact Sheet.

Employment Opportunities:

There are many roles that will be available through all stages of the project – from the planning, through to construction and operations phases.

Our Employment Channel is the best place to look for specific vacancies as they become available. If you don’t see a suitable vacancy to apply at this time, we welcome your application through the ‘Expressions of Interest’ section.  Please access by clicking on the link - Current Jobs and Expressions of Interest 

 

Supplier and Contracting Opportunities:

  • If you are interested in acquiring energy from the MacIntyre Wind Farm, please find more information on Corporate Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA’s) here. 
  • ACCIONA is committed to supporting local industry participation and is encouraging local suppliers and contractors that are interested in conducting business for the project to register through the ICN Gateway – MacIntyre Wind Farm Project page - via this link.
  • If you would like to register your interest directly with ACCIONA's Procurement Team, please send your details and qualification information to procurement.aeag@acciona.com. Please include MacIntyre Wind Farm in the email title.

 

Community Engagement Committee (CEC) 

ACCIONA develops a sustainable business model based on generating shared value and trust with a long-term commitment to its stakeholders.

Continuous communication and dialogue serve as the foundation for ACCIONA’s relationship with our stakeholders, and one such way we look to promote ongoing communication is through the establishment of project Community Engagement Committees.

The MacIntyre CEC provides a forum for open dialogue between the company and representatives of the local community; and stakeholder groups on issues and opportunities directly relating to the wind farm project.

If you would like to raise any matters with a CEC member, please contact one of the member below:

CEC Member

Location

Email

Jo Sheppard, Chair

Toowoomba

jo.sheppard@usq.edu.au

David Bartlett

Gore

dunblaneb@gmail.com

Trudi Bartlett

Toowoomba

director@rda-ddsw.org.au

Michelle Conkas

Stanthorpe

michelle@gbsan.org.au

Lloyd Hilton

Karara

Lloyd.hilton69@gmail.com

Susie Kelly

Goondiwindi

Skelly@grc.qld.gov.au

Graham Parker

Stanthorpe

graham@unique.com.au

Joel Richters

Goondiwindi

joelrichters@me.com

 

Social Impact Assessment - Understanding the impacts and opportunities

 EMM Consulting have been engaged to conduct a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as part of the planning process for the MacIntyre Windfarm Precinct. Whilst an SIA is not required for the approval of the windfarms, we have chosen to engage EMM Consulting to conduct an independent assessment of the possible benefits and impacts of the project to the surrounding community during its construction and operational phases. The assessment will provide a comprehensive overview of the local communities, their needs, and aspirations. These will inform a Social Impact Management Plan that will focus on minimising impacts while maximising the benefits of the project on local communities. 

A Social Impact Assessment aims to:

  • describe the existing social conditions and demographic profile of the local communities
  • identify and assess the extent and nature of potential social risks
  • evaluate the significance of the social impacts and benefits arising from the project
  • provide mitigation recommendations to reduce the negative social impacts and enhancement measures for significant positive impacts
  • develop a monitoring and management framework

How can you get involved in the SIA?

We are committed to working with the community to understand your views, interests and what is important to you.

From October to November 2020 EMM Consulting will conduct a range of engagement activities with community groups, members, and interested stakeholders, to better inform the Social Impact Assessment.  This will include a range of in-depth interviews, workshops and online surveys.

If you would like to access the on-line survey, click on the link here.

 

Enquiries and Feedback:

ACCIONA is committed to engaging with the local community surrounding the MacIntyre Wind Farm precinct. We acknowledge the importance of feedback (including enquiries and complaints). You can contact us via our free call community hotline on 1800 283 550, email on macintyre@acciona.com, by post via PO Box 1399 - BRISBANE  QLD  4001.

A copy of the MacIntyre South Wind Farm Complaints and Response Plan can be found here.

 

 

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