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Australia backs 12 offshore projects totalling 25GW

RICHARD HEAP

May 1, 2024

The Australian government has backed 12 offshore wind projects totalling up to 25GW by developers off the coast of Gippsland, Victoria.

These include six projects that have secured licences so the developers can carry out further work to assess their feasibility and environmental impacts. This makes them the most advanced at present. They are:

– Blue Mackerel North (by JERA Nex / Parkwind and Beach Energy)
– Gippsland Skies (2.5GW fixed-bottom project by AGL, Direct Infrastructure, Mainstream Renewable Power and Reventus Power )
– High Sea Wind Project North (1.28GW project by EDP Renewables and Engie joint venture Ocean Winds)
– Kut-Wut Brataualung (2GW project by CIP / Southerly Ten and Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation)
– Ørsted 1 (2.8GW project by Ørsted)
– Star of the South (2.2GW project by new Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners vehicle Southerly Ten, Cbus Super Fund and original co-founders Andy Evans, Terry Kallis and Peter Sgardelis).

The government also identified six projects that are in line to receive feasibility licences, subject to further consultation. They are:

– Aurora Green (up-to-3GW project by Iberdrola)
– Gippsland Dawn (by BlueFloat Energy)
– Great Eastern Offshore Wind (2.5GW project by Corio)
– Kent Offshore Wind (by RWE)
– Navigator North (1.5GW project by Origin Energy and RES)
– Ørsted 2 (also by Ørsted)

Chris Bowen, Australia’s minister for climate change and energy, said: “Australia’s first offshore wind zone has hit a new milestone, with reliable renewables and secure jobs a step closer for Gippsland. Granting feasibility licences is the next step to helping deliver a new clean energy industry for Australia, as well as future proof energy security and reliability for Victoria.”

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