Collinsville Green Energy Hub Update - April-May 2023
Information centre in Collinsville
Ark Energy now has a local information centre for its Collinsville Green Energy Hub. Located in Collinsville, the official opening of the centre last November was a great success and attracted a sizeable crowd including Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Julie Hall, Councillor for Division 4 Michelle Wright, participating landowners, representatives from local businesses and residents from Collinsville and surrounding areas.
Visitors at the opening heard from Ark Energy’s CEO Daniel Kim about plans for the $7.5 billion project and from the company’s General Manager Development for Queensland Anthony Russo about the importance for Ark Energy of being part of the local community.
Mayor Hall said she was pleased to see the establishment of the information centre and Ark Energy demonstrating its commitment to Collinsville and the Whitsunday region.
The centre is located at 47 Railway Road in Collinsville and open weekly on Wednesdays, attended by Collinsville local Holly Watts who has joined the project team.
Collinsville colour chaos!
Ark Energy’s Collinsville Green Energy Hub project team enjoyed exercising their paint throwing skills at Collinsville State School’s 2023 Colour Run on Saturday, 25 March.
The team, which included Collinsville Green Energy Hub project manager Trina Jensen and local project team member Holly Watts, had great fun being part of this fantastic community event for the first time, and worked their way through three buckets of Ark Energy green paint powder at the Ark Energy station.
Congratulations to Collinsville State School community on hosting such a successful event and thank you for the opportunity to participate - we look forward to returning next year!
Wind monitoring in the project area is continuing, further proving the excellent wind resource. There are currently three mobile wind monitoring units (Sodars) installed on the site and plans are underway to install two 150 m high meteorological masts. Additional mobile wind monitoring units (Sodar and Lidar) and, subject to council approval, four more meteorological masts are due to be installed early next year.
The project team is also engaging with the project area’s Traditional Owner groups to ensure best practice management of cultural heritage and progressing work for the various other studies required including preliminary ecology surveys.
The findings from the resource monitoring and preliminary studies will inform the project’s initial concept design, which is anticipated to be ready later this year.