BlueFloat, Energy Estate planning new offshore wind project

Aerial view of offshore wind turbines in the ocean (bluefloat)
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BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate have announced their latest offshore wind development in Australia—the Southern Winds Offshore Wind Project (Southern Winds).  

Southern Winds is a 1.155GW project that will use bottom-fixed technology and will be located 10-30km off the coasts of South Australia and Victoria. The site falls within the Portland West Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) announced by the Victorian Government.

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This is BlueFloat’s fourth project in Australia and brings the company to a total capacity of over 5GW.

“Australia’s change in government in May this year has shifted the narrative on climate change and the role of renewables in decarbonising the country’s economy,” BlueFloat Energy country manager Nick Sankey said.

“The new Prime Minister has promised to turn Australia into a renewable energy superpower and is viewed as being outward-looking and ambitious about Australia’s Net Zero emissions target. We are excited about the role of offshore wind in this journey.”

Energy Estate co-founder and chief projects officer Simon Currie said, “Southern Winds is an exciting addition to our portfolio of offshore wind projects in Australia. This region has world class wind resources and a history of successful industrial and renewable energy developments. Our vision includes enabling globally competitive clean forest products and a sustainable fuels hub which stretches from Mt Gambier to Portland.”  

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The announcement of Southern Winds comes shortly after recent announcements by BlueFloat Energy of a 5GW portfolio in Columbia, 1GW in Taiwan and a 50MW project in the Port of Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands. BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate said they were continuing to advance the development of further sites in Australia and New Zealand. The partnership is also committed to supporting the growth of local manufacturing and supply chains and is working alongside local and global partners to achieve this goal.