Wind Farm

The Capricornia Energy Hub has the potential for other renewable energy components, in addition to Pumped-Hydro Energy Storage (PHES). These energy components could potentially supply the PHES or the grid.

Locations near the PHES are currently being assessed to determine if a wind project would be viable.

If the project is considered feasible and is pursued, approvals would be sought at the appropriate time.

In a setting such as the one being investigated, turbines selected would typically be 6MW in capacity with a height of about 165 metres.

Progress and Timeline

Capricornia Energy Hub is the largest renewable baseload energy project in Northern Australia. It is a 1.4GW renewable and energy storage project that will provide renewable energy for Central and North Queensland with a pumped hydro-electric scheme, wind farm and solar farm.




Feasibility Study


RC, ECI, EPBC and Financial Close

Frequently Asked Questions

Who did your environmental studies and when did they start?
Initial environmental and field studies for the purposes of completing our Business Case and Conceptual Design and Prefeasibility Study have been completed and commenced as part of the former Urannah Project footprint approximately 3 years ago. However, new environmental, field and technical studies will be completed as part of the new Coordinated Project process and Environmental Approvals for the Capricornia Energy Hub.
What are the approvals processed for each part of the Hub?
The Capricornia Energy Hub will be assessed under the Queensland Government Coordinated Project and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process and through a referral to the Federal Government under the Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

The local community, general public and stakeholders will have numerous occasions to provide formal and informal feedback. We will notify the local community as the project progresses on calls for formal submissions, with the first official call for public submission when the Initial Advice Statement (IAS) is lodged with the Queensland Government and put out for public consultation in the form of Draft of Terms of Reference.

The fact sheet on the Queensland Government process can be found here: https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/32222/eis-fact-sheet.pdf

Are wind turbines built to withstand cyclones?
Wind Turbines are designed with a mechanism to ensure they switch off when wind speeds become too fast. In addition, the concrete base of the turbine is built in accordance with Australian Government standards on cyclone resilience. In Queensland, Wind turbines have maintained their structural integrity through Category 5 cyclones and with wind speeds of over 285 km/hour.
Do you have support from the Traditional Owners?
The project footprint is on Widi Country. We reached and signed an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the Widi people in last 2022 and the ILUA has now been formally registered.

We will continue to work with Widi as the project progresses.

What is the noise limit for wind turbines?
Wind Farms are assessed under State Code 23 (Queensland Government) which dictates a noise limit maximum of 37dB(A)* during the day and 35dB(A)* at night. As an example comparison, bird calls are around 44 decibels, noise in a library is 40 decibels and a quiet rural area is around 30 decibels.