MBRC: Activate the Supernode!

Published: 11th July 2022

A render of the proposed supernode for MBRC

A render of the proposed supernode for MBRC

One of Australia’s largest proposed ‘green data’ storage facilities has been announced for the Moreton Bay region. 

According to Deputy Premier Steven Miles, the ‘Supernode’ complex, which will be located in the suburb of Brendale, is an innovative new project by Queensland-based global renewables investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners planning to bring large-scale storage facilities for both data and battery energy to the one site. 

The Queensland Government says it’s the latest step in the State’s strategic investment in digital technology infrastructure and renewable energy. 

“We provided $15 million to support the Sunshine Coast Council in delivering Queesland’s first direct International Broadband Network Cable Landing Station and we are seeing the benefits of that investment,” Deputy Premier Miles said.

“The digital technology industry can now leverage the speed of the Sunshine Coast’s new international undersea fibre optic connection for uses such as efficient, large-scale data storage.

“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.”

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery said the project will have a significant impact in the region and will create jobs of the future.

"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,” Mayor Flannery said.

“As Council, we’re delivering jobs by actively working with the private sector and the State Government to facilitate more investments and create 100,000 jobs.

"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, high productivity, 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 world class project will bring to the Moreton Bay Region and its residents.”

Quinbrook has commenced 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.