Two new massive offshore wind farms have been proposed for either side of Bass Strait, taking the growing pipeline of projects in a technology that has yet to be deployed in Australia to more than 25 gigawatts.
An Australian based company, Brookvale Energy, is looking at an offshore wind project in Tasmanian waters of up to 2,000MW or more, while the Scotland-based Flotation Energy is looking at a 1,500MW project off Ninety Mile beach in Victoria’s Gippsland region, but possibly using floating wind turbines.
Both projects are in their early stages, and were discovered in Renew Economy’s research for its newly launched Offshore Wind Map of Australia, the latest in a series of map-based resources for clean energy projects across the country.
There are now at least 12 different offshore wind proposals in Australia, with the most advanced being the 2,000MW Star of the South project off Gippsland in Victoria, which is going through environmental assessments and has mapped out a path for underground transmission to plug into the infrastructure in the Latrobe Valley.
All of the projects are looking to fill the gap that will be left by the impending closure of Australia’s ageing fleet of coal generators, and to seize the opportunities presented by the shift to green hydrogen.