The Battery Energy Storage System is being built close to existing transmission lines (Photo: Stanwell)
Concrete pours have begun at the site
(Photo: Stanwell)

October 25, 2023

Work has started on the construction of the Tarong Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) which will become an integral part of Queensland’s transition to renewable energy.

The large, standalone battery – built alongside Tarong Power Station – will support the storage of 300MW / 600MWh of energy.

The battery is being constructed by Yurika.

Concrete slabs for the first stage of the battery project have been poured, with foundations being prepared for the transformers and switchgear.

By locating the battery storage at Tarong Power Station, Stanwell Corporation can capitalise on existing connection infrastructure, such as transmission towers.

Plans for the BESS were announced in 2021.

At the time, Stanwell was planning a 150MW capacity.

“The project would also provide local employment opportunities, creating 80-full time jobs over the eight-month construction phase, and six full-time jobs over the 20-year operation and maintenance phase,” a  spokesperson said at the time.

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Concrete has also been poured (see video, below) for the foundations of the first turbine tower at the Wambo Wind Farm, located south-west of Kingaroy.

The wind farm is a joint venture between Cubico and Stanwell Corporation.

Initially there will be 42 turbines – some of the largest in Australia at 247m tall – generating 252MW of electricity.

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