POWERING AUSTRALIA: Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and AGL General Manager Development and Construction Dave Johnson at Coopers Gap wind farm.
POWERING AUSTRALIA: Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and AGL General Manager Development and Construction Dave Johnson at Coopers Gap wind farm. Claudia Williams

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COOPERS Gap has employed 200 people during construction, becoming Australia's largest wind farm with turbines powering 264,000 Australian homes when it is operating at capacity.

The wind farm will employ 20 people in ongoing operational jobs when all 123 turbines are up and running in early 2020, bringing $850 million investment to the region.

Coopers Gap is already propelling power, with almost 50 turbines now feeding energy into the national electricity market.

Energy minister Dr Anthony Lynham joined AGL general manager for development and construction Dave Johnson at the wind farm on Thursday to inspect the first group of towering turbines to come online, a year after breaking ground at Coopers Gap.

The turbines stand 180 metres tall, with 67-metre long blades, and a total capacity of 453 megawatts.

The power is delivered into the electricity grid via a new 275-kilovolt substation, built and run by Queensland's publicly-owned transmission operator Powerlink.

 

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and AGL General Manager Development and Construction Dave Johnson at Coopers Gap wind farm.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and AGL General Manager Development and Construction Dave Johnson at Coopers Gap wind farm. Claudia Williams

"Solar is already massive in Queensland and wind is on the rise, with two operating wind farms at Windy Hill and Mt Emerald, two under construction including here at Coopers Gap and we've just announced that five wind farms have been short-listed for the final stage of the Government's Renewables 400 program," Dr Lynham said.

Mr Johnson said AGL looked forward to safely completing commissioning of Australia's largest wind farm after a significant investment in this project from AGL and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund into local businesses and contractors.

 

Wind turbines at Coopers Gap wind farm.
Wind turbines at Coopers Gap wind farm. Claudia Williams

"We thank and greatly appreciate the continued support and cooperation of all key stakeholders such as the Queensland Government, the Western Downs and South Burnett councils and local landowners, which have been crucial in getting to this stage," he said.

"We greatly appreciate the support and guidance of the Australian Energy Market Operator and Powerlink Queensland to finalise the grid connection and ensure the wind farm is safely commissioned."

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