Australis Energy, through its subsidiaries, has submitted applications for an impact assessment and referral for a 600MW offshore wind farm in South Australia, in addition to those submitted for offshore wind farms in Victoria and Western Australia.
According to Offshorewind.biz, the submission of the required documentation for its South Australian project came a couple of months after the developer filed referrals with the Victorian State and Commonwealth governments under their environmental legislation for its 495MW Victorian Offshore Wind Farm.
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Earlier this year, in April, Australis Energy announced its first project in the country—a 300MW offshore wind farm in Western Australia.
The 600MW project proposed to be built in South Australia is planned for a site located approximately 10km off the coast from Kingston and 230km south of Adelaide, while the Western Australian wind farm will be located roughly 5.5km off the coast between Preston Beach and Binningup.
The 495MW offshore wind farm in Victoria is planned to be built approximately 5.5km off the coast, 25km west of Portland.
The Victorian wind farm project is currently in the pre-planning application stage. If approved, early construction work could begin in the Australian summer 2024/25 and the project could be completed and operational in summer2026/27, according to the developer.
Australis hopes to commence construction of the South Australian project in summer 2024/25 and have the offshore wind farm generating electricity in 2027, subject to planning and environmental approvals.
“Subject to the necessary consents and permits being obtained, the project will have a renewable electricity generation capacity of up to 600MW, enough to power over 400,000 South Australian homes. The electricity generated by the proposed offshore windfarm will support the South Australian Government’s target of 100 per cent renewables by 2030,” Australis chair Mark Petterson said.