Supernode to be built in Brendale

Published 2:00pm 12 April 2024

Supernode to be built in Brendale
Words by Nick Crockford

Work will start soon in Brendale on one of Queensland’s biggest Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).

The 2000 Megawatt BESS is stage one of Quinbrook’s Supernode project being built near the South Pine electricity substation.

BESS will have a 250MW/2hr capacity, store surplus solar and wind energy and help the displacement of coal and other “emissions-intensive” generation sources.

Origin Energy has committed to the full capacity of stage one, under a recently completed agreement. A data storage facility will also be added to the site.

Premier Steven Miles said it was another step towards making the state a “clean energy powerhouse” under the Queensland Energy and Jobs plan.

“When we announced this Supernode almost two years ago, I said it showed what the future holds for Queensland’s digital and renewables economy and the creation of knowledge-based jobs,” Queensland Premier Steven Miles said.

“The construction of stage one, here in Brendale, is more evidence business believes in our vision.

“Renewable energy generation and storage like this will power us towards our 70 per cent renewable energy targets.

“Responsible emissions targets are essential to jobs in our existing industries like mining, agriculture, and manufacturing and it's the key to creating more jobs in industries of the future, in the south-east and across Queensland.

$15 million has also been invested in Queensland’s first direct International Broadband Network Cable Landing Station.

“We have the connection with the world to support new data centres, like the one that will be built here, creating high-value jobs, powered by renewable energy,” the Premier said.

Quinbrook Co-Founder David Scaysbrook said: “The successful close of Supernode stage one is significant for Queensland as it delivers valuable large-scale storage at the best possible location in the State’s power grid.

“The South Pine site is a unique and strategic location offering unparalleled power supply access and redundancy.”

Moreton Bay City Council Mayor Peter Flannery said the battery storage system will be one of the largest in Australia.

“I look forward to seeing the project grow and benefit from Brendale’s already strong business ecosystem and smart city infrastructure,” he said.

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