Community consultation for the Moah Creek Renewable Energy Project is underway, which brings a slew of secure jobs in the renewables sector that little bit closer to CQ.
The solar-wind project should be up and running by 2025
Central Queensland Power – a joint venture between Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Energy Estate – is developing the project, which will combine 400MW of wind, 200MW of solar and 300MWh of battery storage.
Moah Creek will be 30k west of Rockhampton, near the Stanwell power station, and should be operational by 2025. Construction of the plant will, according to Energy Estate founder Simon Currie, create more than 500 direct jobs and several hundred downstream jobs throughout the area.
Jobs up for grabs for locals
Local residents get preference for the direct jobs and there’ll be plenty on offer across a wide range of skills, including:
- Electrical engineering
- Civil and mechanical engineering
- Material supply
- Traffic management
- Waste disposal
- Recycling structural concrete
- Crane work
- Catering, and
Simon Currie added that the scale of the Moah Creek project, as well as its hybrid nature, would result in lots of highly-skilled jobs that would last for several years.
The project is also just one of several large-scale renewables projects going ahead in CQ. The area is uniquely suitable, with its abundance of natural resources, infrastructure (including ports and transmission) and a skilled workforce as well as a good reputation as a trusted supplier to global energy markets.
The first drop-in session for community members took place on September 22 at Kalapa Hall, Kalapa Black Mountain Road, with the Moah Creek team making a presentation on September 23 at the Advance Rockhampton event.
CQ leading the renewables jobs boom
Central QLD is, according to RES CEO Matt Rebbeck, at the front edge of the renewables jobs surge.
RES and Energy Estate share the same vision for CQ, he added. Central Queensland Power is using the experience and strengths of both companies and the project will create hundreds of new jobs and supply cheap, clean energy.
Moah Creek will also help CQ’s heavy industry to make use of the opportunities to supply both export and domestic markets, as well as attracting new investors into the area.