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QLD major clean energy project hits milestone

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The Borumba Pumped Hydro Energy Storage project has been declared a coordinated project by Queensland’s Coordinator-General. This means a rigorous assessment of social, economic and environmental matters can begin.

“This marks another step forward for the Borumba Pumped Hydro Energy Storage project, and further progress towards our state’s future as a clean energy superpower,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

“Over the past year, we have led the nation in the construction of new clean energy projects, driving new investment and generating good jobs for Queenslanders.

“Our targets of 70 per cent renewables by 2032 and net zero emissions by 2050 are set to transform our infrastructure, energy system and economy.”

The project, being developed by Queensland Hydro, involves building a new upper reservoir, as well as a new dam wall that will replace the existing Borumba Dam wall and increase Lake Borumba’s storage capacity from 46 to 224 gigalitres.

It would have the capacity to generate up to 2000 megawatts of electricity for up to 24 hours at a time.

“The Borumba project will be subject to our Queensland procurement policy which means we’re looking for Sunshine Coast companies and tradies to be part of this big build,” said Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement Mick de Brenni.

“Borumba will allow us to replace expensive fossil fuels with Queensland’s sun, wind, and water–putting the Sunshine State on the map as a global renewable energy hub.

The community will have opportunities to comment on what should be included in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as well as Queensland Hydro’s assessment of the project and proposed mitigations to avoid and minimise impacts.

Geotechnical exploratory drilling has started on the project, in the Southern Queensland Renewable Energy Zone, which will help inform the EIS process.

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