In a major step for Queensland’s renewable energy future, the delivery of the state’s first renewable energy peaking plant is officially underway.
Thanks to partnership led by publicly owned energy company, CS Energy, GE Vernova will supply hydrogen ready peaking generation units, in a move that will decrease Queensland’s reliance on fossil gas.
CS Energy signed an agreement with the global energy leader for the supply of the key equipment for the Brigalow Peaking Power Plant equipment, to be rolled out at the future Kogan Creek clean energy hub in the Western Downs.
Treasurer and minister for trade and investment, Cameron Dick, said, “Queensland clean energy economy will need a mix of renewable energy, firming technology and high capacity transmission.”
“Up to three gigawatts of additional low-to-zero emission gas will be required for peak demand and backup security by 2035.”
Minister for energy, renewables and hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, said, “The Brigalow Peaking Power Plant will have fast-start capability – taking just five minutes to go from cold to full output, and thanks to Queensland’s public ownership keeping energy assets in the hands of Queenslanders, we can deliver it.”
The peaking plant will initially be capable of operating on 35 per cent renewable hydrogen, with a pathway to 100 per cent hydrogen over time.
The open-cycle power station will underpin energy security for Queenslanders, with fast-start capability, and the ability to operate in high demand periods to support variable solar and wind energy.
With a capacity of 400 MW, it will have the ability to power more than 75,000 homes during peak demand periods.
The signing marks the first major equipment order for the project and follows extensive studies to inform its design.
GE Vernova gas power president and CEO Eric Gray, said, “We are honored to be considered to provide our highly efficient and flexible gas turbine technology for this project to supply homes and businesses in Queensland with affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity.”
The power station is scheduled to be operational in 2026, subject to final approvals.