“The Pioneer-Burdekin mega project, west of Mackay could be the largest pumped hydro project in the world, with potential generation capacity 2.5 times that of Snowy 2.0,” the Premier said.
“It has the potential to deliver up to 5GW for 24 hours or 120GWh, given the favourable topography of the area.
“That’s 617 times larger than South Australia’s Hornsdale battery and 20 times larger than Wivenhoe.
“The high-quality wind and solar resources across North Queensland means it could also unlock large volumes of renewable energy capacity for local industry.
“This makes the region even more attractive for global investment in emerging industries like green hydrogen, green metals and manufacturing.”