Solar farm project cargo flowing through Port of Townsville

2 June 2017

General cargo for solar farm projects in North Queensland has been arriving at the Port of Townsville, with more than 200 containers carrying solar panels being imported over the past few weeks.

The solar panels are destined for the Clare Solar Farm near Ayr and the Kidston Solar Project northwest of Townsville (near Georgetown).

The Clare Solar Farm will generate 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy generating enough power for up to 42,000 Queensland homes when completed towards the end of 2018, making it one of the largest solar farms in the country. 

The Kidston Project will generate 50 MW (in phase one) and will be fully commissioned by November 2017.

The solar farm cargo is being imported through Port of Townsville by three container shipping lines that regularly call the port, Swire Shipping, ANL and Mariana Express Line

Port of Townsville Limited’s (POTL) General Manager Business Development Claudia Brumme-Smith said that the arrival of cargo that was contributing to sustainable energy generation was particularly pleasing.

“The Port of Townsville facilitates a multitude of cargo and commodity types but it’s particularly pleasing to be able to play our part in the development of Queensland’s sustainable energy future,” said Ms Brumme-Smith.  

“I am delighted that the solar project developers have chosen our region and our port as the major import hub,” she said.  

The comprehensive work of Swire Shipping, ANL and Mariana Express line, the two stevedores Northern Stevedoring Services and Townsville Bulk Storage and Handling as well as the regional transport companies, has ensured that this cargo can be directly imported through North Queensland.”

“These projects will result in excellent economic benefits and create more than 300 local jobs”.

“Our region has an unprecedented opportunity to become the leader in solar energy projects in Australia.” 

Contact: Sharon Hoops, Port of Townsville Limited, Manager Corporate Affairs or 07 4781 1551