Queensland's Energy Security Taskforce, established as part of the Powering Queensland Plan initiative, has called for expressions of interest for a feasibility study for the proposed 2,000MW North Queensland Clean Energy Hub, part of the $386 million Powering North Queensland Plan released in June this year .
Expressions of Interest are invited from potential proponents that may seek to connect to the high voltage electricity network if the Clean Energy Hub is constructed. This includes proponents of renewable generation, storage options, and significant new load requirements in the region.
Powerlink is conducting the EOI on behalf of the Queensland Government.
The Queensland Government allocated $150 million towards the development of strategic electricity transmission infrastructure as part of the North Queensland Clean Energy Hub.
The feasibility study will examine the concept of a Clean Energy Hub located between Einasleigh and Hughenden, comprising one or more transmission assets to facilitate the connection of clean energy proponents in North and North West Queensland to the National Electricity Market.
The four week EOI process, open until 8 September, will seek market information on a range of aspects, including potential generation interest, storage options and significant load requirements .
Energy Security Taskforce Chair, Terry Effeney, said the Clean Energy Hub has the potential to unlock more of the region’s renewable resources by providing high voltage transmission infrastructure to allow existing projects to expand, as well as providing more infrastructure for more renewable projects.
Powerlink’s EOI process, which will provide the essential research to identify the optimal form of the Clean Energy Hub, is part of a broader feasibility study into the North Queensland Clean Energy Hub due for completion by December 2017.