EDF Renewables has acquired a wind farm project in the Australian state of Queensland. The project is expected to have a power generating capacity of about 280 MW and also has approval for a battery storage component. The project, named Banana Range wind project has been purchased from Goldwind Australia and Lacour Energy.
The wind project is located in the Banana Shire, in central Queensland, about 20km west of Biloela and 120km south west of the port of Gladstone. The project is being implemented through the Orange Creek Energy Pty Ltd (OCE) vehicle.
The project has good wind resources, is close to major transmission line, and located in the area where a central renewable energy zone has been proposed. The wind farm is currently in the late stage of feasibility, with work being carried out on the technical and environmental aspects, as well as social and economic-related issues. The timeline for construction is expected to be around 24 months. EDF plans to finish work on grid connections to be able to begin construction of the wind project late next year. The project is expected to install up to 50 turbines to deliver the capacity.
EDF Renewables currently has an installed capacity of 13.8 GW, and a pipeline of that much again, mostly focused on wind and solar. Recently, EDF Renewables Ireland announced that it will to start construction of three new solar farms in counties Wexford and Kilkenny this month.The three projects will be among the first utility-scale solar farms to be built in Ireland and, once complete, will have a combined capacity of 17 MWThe projects are the first to begin construction following EDF Renewables’ acquisition of 100 percent of Wexford Solar Ltd last year, which included eight projects with over 100 MW of capacity across the country.