1,000MW Lockyer Energy Project gets environmental approval

A STAGED, 1000MW gas-fired power plant in the Lockyer Valley has been given the green tick by the Federal Government.

The Lockyer Valley Energy Project, formerly known as the Westlink Project, received its environmental approval, with conditions, from the Federal Government.

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners senior director Brian Restall said his company now had "all our permits and approvals in place" and that they were "very happy" with the decision.

He said Quinbrook was now working with a number of parties to contract the output of the power plant "so we can move forward".

He was unable to elaborate further because of those discussions being commercial-in-confidence.

Mr Restall said that with the country's increased investment in renewables, a gas-fired power plant would be able to firm up the network's capacity when solar or wind power was not generated.

The project will clear nearly 15 hectares of koala and grey headed flying fox habitat from the 70ha site on the boundary of the Warrego Highway and Fords Rd, Gatton.

As part of its approval, proponent Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners must secure 41.58ha of koala habitat within the site as an offset.

It has also committed to a $500,000-$800,000 offset management plan.

The first stage of the project will involve one or two turbines, capable of generating between 100-200MW of power.