Quinbrook closes first 250 MW stage of the ‘Supernode’ Storage Project in Australia

Global investment manager Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has announced financial close and the start of construction for the first stage of the ‘Supernode’ project, a 250 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Queensland.
Quinbrook closes first 250 MW stage of the ‘Supernode’ Storage Project in Australia
Energy storage. Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Origin Energy has committed to the full capacity of stage one under a long-term offtake contract, representing one of the largest binding BESS offtakes on a MW basis signed to date in Australia between two non-government parties.

When operational, the Supernode BESS will enable the efficient storage of surplus solar and wind energy, aid the displacement of coal and other emissions-intensive generation sources and provide grid-support at the central node of the Queensland high voltage transmission network. On completion stage one will represent a total investment by Quinbrook of over $325 million.

“The successful close of Supernode stage one is significant for Queensland as it delivers valuable large scale storage at the best possible location in the State’s power grid” said David Scaysbrook, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. “Supernode also directly addresses stability issues facing the grid as a result of record levels of rooftop solar installation across Queensland. The South Pine site is a unique and strategic location offering unparalleled power supply access and redundancy and is testament to Quinbrook’s ability to source, fund and develop innovative projects for the benefit of our investors and provide tangible solutions to decarbonize power systems. Origin shares our commitment to lead the energy transition through creative and market leading projects and we look forward to our Supernode partnership.”

Supernode is a unique integrated hyperscale data centre and large-scale battery storage campus strategically located next to the central node of the Queensland transmission network, the South Pine substation at Brendale near Brisbane. The site has three direct connections into Queensland’s high voltage transmission grid, two dedicated for battery storage and the third for BESS and data centres.

Quinbrook acquired the 30 hectare site at Brendale in 2022 and secured all the required planning permissions for up to 750 MW of BESS capacity co-located with a data centre campus able to accommodate four hyperscale data centre installations.

Stage one will be delivered in the second half of 2025 with further expansions planned. The project will be delivered using battery cells from a globally leading battery manufacturer paired with inverters supplied and integrated by GE Vernova.

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