Construction begins on 250MW/500MWh Swanbank Battery

Queensland Government officials and energy executives in safety gear walking the Swanbank Battery construction site
Image: CleanCo Queensland

Tesla, Yurika and Queensland’s publicly owned CleanCo have celebrated the start of construction at the $330 million Swanbank Battery at the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub.

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The Swanbank Battery will be constructed on the site of the former Swanbank B coal-fired power station, and will be one of Queensland’s biggest batteries.

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.

CleanCo’s first battery storage project will see the Tesla battery arrive later this year. CleanCo plans to have the site energised by mid-2025, adding significant storage capacity to Queensland’s electricity network.

CleanCo CEO Tom Metcalfe said, “This project marks our commitment to a sustainable energy future for Queensland, marking the beginning of the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub’s transformative journey.

“The Swanbank Battery will add significant capacity for CleanCo to supply our customers with competitively priced, reliable clean energy around the clock.

“CleanCo has consulted extensively with the local community to develop a master plan for the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub, ensuring it is not only South East Queensland’s flagship energy precinct, but that it reflects the values and needs of the local community as well.”

Yurika executive general manager Belinda Watton said, “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.

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“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.”

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