One of Australia’s largest proposed ‘green data’ storage facilities has been announced for the Moreton Bay region in a step forward for Queensland’s renewable and digital economies.
What does the Supernode project mean for Queensland?
Acting Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Queensland–based renewables investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners had gained council planning and FIRB approvals for its Supernode complex in Brendale. “The Supernode is a project planning to bring large–scale storage facilities for data and battery energy to the one site,” Mr Miles said.
“This is one of the major new economy projects coming to Queensland thanks to the gov’t’s strategic investment in digital tech infrastructure and renewable energy. We provided $15m to support the Sunshine Coast Council in delivering Queensland’s first direct International Broadband Network Cable Landing Station and we’re seeing the benefits of that investment.”
“The digital tech industry can now leverage the speed of the Sunshine Coast’s international undersea fibre optic connection for uses such as efficient, large–scale data storage,” he said.
“The Supernode also plans to leverage the excellent access Brendale has to the adjacent South Pine electricity substation for a battery–energy storage project that will assist the region’s energy resilience. Today’s announcement shows what the future holds for Queensland’s digital and renewables economy and the creation of knowledge–based jobs.”
Does the Supernode fit the region’s renewable agenda?
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners Managing Partner, David Scaysbrook said the Supernode
had the potential to be a $2.5 billion–plus investment, developed in stages on a 30–hectare
site. The Supernode project is a key component of the company’s APAC Green Data strategy which develops and constructs renewable energy solutions for green data centres.
“South East Queensland’s imminent and direct access to fast global connectivity through Maroochydore to the Pacific makes it an excellent location for our large–scale data storage
facility. Our Supernode site at Brendale in Moreton Bay is an unrivalled location for power
supply resilience due to its access to three separate high voltage connections forming the major power transmission node for Queensland at South Pine substation,” Scaysbrook said.
“It also offers ample scope for powering our large-scale batteries with locally produced solar,
wind and hydro sourced renewables which will also power the data centre campus as it grows. This is exactly the type of digital technology enabling project Queensland needs in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, supporting data intensive industries such as post-production for the burgeoning film industry here in Queensland,” he added.
Where does Supernode rank in regional govt’s strategy?
Quinbrook has began the marketing of Supernode to prospective data centre operators and has lodged applications to enable construction to commence in mid-2023 on the battery storage infrastructure. Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery said the news of Quinbrook’s Supernode Project setting up base in Brendale will be significant in the region.
Knowledge, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a priority in Council’s Regional Economic
Development Strategy (REDS 2020-2041) to position the region as South East Queensland’s $40 billion engine room and to be a top regional innovation hub. “We’re delivering jobs by working with the private sector and the state to facilitate more investments.” Flannery said.
“Brendale is a well-established industrial precinct that has been named one of the top 10 places to work in the greater South East Queensland region. Its credentials are buoyed by smart city infrastructure, a sustainability focus and easy logistics and market access.”
“We welcome Quinbrook to South-East Queensland’s engine room and look forward to seeing the economic benefits that this project will bring to the Moreton Bay Region.”
Assistant Minister and Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd hailed the investment in Brendale. “Constructing the Supernode in Brendale is a show of confidence in Queensland’s future as a renewable energy powerhouse. The large-scale batteries and data centre could be powered by pure Queensland wind and sunshine. Large scale data storage will support new jobs in and allow the region to continue to boom in the lead up to Brisbane 2032,” Ms Boyd commented.