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Government approves $750m Mount Hopeful wind farm

A wind farm under construction by a crane.

The Federal Government has approved the 400mW Mount Hopeful wind farm in Central Queensland that will generate enough energy to power 240,000 homes.

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The 400mW Mount Hopeful Wind Farm, located 45km south of Rockhampton and 65km west of Gladstone, will include the construction of 63 wind turbines. Set to be delivered by French renewables specialist Neoen, the 400mW project will be powered by 6.5mW turbines that reach tip heights of 260m and blade lengths of 90m.

“We want to unlock Australia’s potential to be a world leader in renewable energy. I’ve now ticked off 46 renewable energy projects which will power almost 3 million homes,” said Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek. “We have a record 130 renewables projects in the approval pipeline; this is an exciting time.”


According to the Government, the project will support 220 direct jobs in the construction of the wind farm and up to 12 ongoing jobs in the maintenance of the wind farm. According to documents submitted by Neoen, construction of the wind farm is set to take between 22-28 months and will involve a range of earthworks to prepare wind turbine hardstands before construction and installation can begin.

The $750 million Mount Hopeful wind farm is being delivered by Neoen and environmental surveying company Umwelt.

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