Premier Steven Miles, Deputy Premier Cameron Dick and Energy Minister Mick de Brenni, have today marked the start of construction on one of Queensland’s biggest batteries.

In a partnership with Tesla and Yurika, Queensland’s publicly owned CleanCo will deliver the $330 million battery in Swanbank.

Set to be a pivotal component for the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub and Queensland’s clean energy future, the Swanbank Battery will be constructed on the site of the former Swanbank B coal-fired power station.

With an impressive capacity of 250MW/500MWh, the battery can store enough energy to power more than two-thirds of Ipswich for two hours each night when demand rises as the sun sets.

The project, CleanCo’s first battery storage project, will create around 60 jobs during construction and up to 10 full-time jobs in operation.

With the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) set to arrive later this year, CleanCo plans to have the site energised by mid-2025, adding significant storage capacity to Queensland’s electricity network.

Belinda Watton, Executive General Manager Yurika, says it’s through significant renewable energy projects such as the 250MW Swanbank Battery Energy Storage System, that Yurika continues to support businesses and communities through the complexity of the energy transition.

“Energy infrastructure is at the core of what we do, and we’re really looking forward to the partnership with CleanCo Queensland, Tesla and of course the local community to reimagine Swanbank through its Clean Energy Hub.

“Alongside cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy, this publicly owned asset supports the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, creating jobs for Queenslanders and signals an incredibly positive investment into our clean energy future,” said Belinda.

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