CleanCo Queensland is offering an exciting opportunity for the future of clean energy at our Swanbank site. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for net-zero energy generation and storage technologies, marking a significant milestone in the site’s transformation into a clean energy hub.
Swanbank's Clean Energy Future
CleanCo is on the lookout for innovative, technically and commercially ready clean energy generation and storage technologies with a capacity of up to 400 megawatts (MW), which can include hydrogen use and production opportunities. Additionally, EOIs are sought for technologies that can support the decarbonisation of the Swanbank E combined-cycle gas-fired power station.
These new energy options will complement CleanCo’s proposed plan to install a 250 MW/500 MWh battery at the Swanbank site. Thanks to a $330 million funding allocation under the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund, this battery, with its two-hour storage capacity, is poised to become one of Queensland’s largest when commissioned.
Final Investment Decision on the battery is expected in late 2023. Site works for the battery are anticipated to commence in the first half of 2024 with the battery expected to be operational by mid-2025.
Building a Sustainable Future Together
CleanCo is developing a masterplan to identify opportunities to redevelop the Swanbank site into a clean energy hub. This EOI process will help CleanCo understand the suitability and commercial readiness of various energy technology options available. Other energy and non-energy uses are also being investigated, including research and development facilities and enhanced community infrastructure. These ideas are being cultivated through a community co-design process. The draft masterplan is currently available for comment.
Together, we can progress Queensland’s energy transformation, supporting local jobs and ensuring Queensland’s industries remain competitive as the world decarbonises.
Tom Metcalfe, CEO of CleanCo, stated, “At CleanCo, we are building the energy portfolio of the future. We are eager to engage with the market on pilot projects of technologies that will be suitable for future grid-scale applications. With new technologies comes more opportunity. It is our vision that the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub will generate economic and social prosperity for the Ipswich region for generations to come.”
- Swanbank Power Station, located next to Queensland’s largest energy demand center, Brisbane, boasts a grid connection capacity of up to 1.2 GW.
- The Swanbank site, which was once home to two coal-fired power stations and is still home to the highly efficient Swanbank E power station, has been a stalwart in energy generation for over 50 years.
- CleanCo is transforming the site into the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub.
- To learn more about the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub, visit here.