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Plans for 500 MW farm in Queensland

Investec Bank Australia and Windlab Systems are seeking planning permission for a 500 MW wind farm of up to 252 turbines in south-east Queensland. If approved, the A$1.2 billion Coopers Gap wind farm will be built on 12,000 hectares of cattle grazing land between Kingaroy and Dalby, with construction due in late 2009 or early 2010. Investec plans to build 12 projects across Australia and New Zealand, says the company's Richard Castellari. Coopers Gap is one of three closest to fruition. "The area has really good internal wind speed, is near a transmission network and, from the fauna and flora perspective, it's quite benign."

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