FULL STEAM AHEAD: The first pieces come together for the Coopers Gap Wind Farm, set to be connected to the grid by mid 2019.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: The first pieces come together for the Coopers Gap Wind Farm, set to be connected to the grid by mid 2019. Dean Whitling

First pieces arrive for Coopers Gap wind farm

TWO tonne electricity transformers arrived at Cooranga North, bringing one of the nation's largest wind farms a step closer to joining the grid.

Energy minister Anthony Lynham said the two transformers, which arrived on Tuesday, September 12, were on the site of a new substation under construction beside AGL's Cooper Gap wind farm, which is set to be fully operational by mid 2019.

"This is a major milestone for Coopers Gap and required special trucks to transport the transformers more than 260 kilometres from the Port of Brisbane,” he said.

The wind farm, midway between Kingaroy and Dalby, will create up to 200 jobs in the region during construction, while Powerlink's substation and grid connection works supporting 26 jobs.

"The renewable energy produced from the wind farm's 123 turbines will also reduce carbon emissions by 1.18 million tonnes annually, the equivalent of taking 340,000 cars off the road,” Mr Lynham said.

The wind farm is one of Australia's largest, and is the second large-scale renewable project in the Western Downs underway.

The farm is projected to generate enough power for a city the size of Ipswich, up to 440 megawatts of renewable energy.

Coopers Gap is also a co-ordinated project, a special status which allows the Queensland's independent co-ordinator-general to use his powers to help AGL deliver the project.

Powerlink Chief Executive Merryn York said Powerlink was proud to play an instrumental in connecting the wind farm to the electricity grid.

"These transformers are the most significant pieces of equipment required for Powerlink's work to connect the wind farm to the electricity transmission network,” she said.

Transmission connection construction work is on track to be completed by late 2018, depending on the weather.

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