Projects, Renewables, Storage

BESS project advances Queensland’s renewable transition

Queensland has taken a major step forward in its renewable energy transition, with construction set to begin on one of the state’s largest-ever battery energy storage system (BESS) projects.

The Supernode project, developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, will see the construction of a 250 megawatt (MW)/2-hour BESS facility at the Brendale site near Brisbane. The project has reached financial completion, paving the way for construction to commence.

Premier Steven Miles hailed the announcement as a significant milestone in Queensland’s journey towards a clean energy future.

“Renewable energy generation and storage like this will power us towards our 70 per cent renewable energy targets,” he said.

The BESS facility will enable the efficient storage of surplus solar and wind energy, helping to displace coal and other emissions-intensive generation sources. Origin Energy has committed to the full capacity of the first stage of the project under a recently completed agreement.

Quinbrook Co-Founder David Scaysbrook described the Supernode project as a “significant” development for Queensland, highlighting the strategic location near the South Pine electricity substation as a key advantage.

“The successful close of Supernode stage one is significant for Queensland as it delivers valuable large-scale storage at the best possible location in the State’s power grid,” Scaysbrook said.

Following the completion of the BESS facility, a data storage centre is planned to be added to the site, further enhancing the project’s capabilities.

Moreton Bay City Council Mayor Peter Flannery welcomed the investment, stating that the battery storage system “will be one of the largest installations in Australia, bringing economic benefits and offering greater energy security to Queenslanders”.

According to the Queensland Government, this project is just the latest in a series of strategic renewable energy and digital technology infrastructure investments, positioning the state as a leader in the nation’s clean energy transition.

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