BlueFloat announces new 1.7GW offshore wind project

Aerial view of offshore wind turbines in the ocean (bluefloat)
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BlueFloat Energy has announced plans for a new floating offshore wind project, following the announcement of a proposed offshore wind zone in the Pacific Ocean off the Hunter region of New South Wales.

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The Eastern Rise Offshore Wind Project is the latest in BlueFloat Energy’s growing portfolio of projects across Australia.

BlueFloat Energy country manager Nick Sankey said the decision to develop a new project in the region was based on a combination of factors, including the Hunter’s history of industrial development and power generation, the quality of the wind resource, the advantageous positioning near emerging energy infrastructure and BlueFloat Energy’s positive stakeholder and community engagement to date.

“BlueFloat Energy is extremely excited about the latest addition to our growing list of offshore wind projects in Australia. Minister Bowen’s announcement is positive for the whole state and Australia’s energy transition,” he said.

“We know local communities support regional economic opportunities and are receptive to sustainable innovation. We will be working closely with the local communities to ensure this project delivers economic and environmental benefits to the area and builds on the region’s long history as a leader in energy, manufacturing and maritime industries.“

The Eastern Rise Offshore Wind Project is set to be delivered over a development and construction period of seven years and will have an installed capacity of 1.725GW. 

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BlueFloat Energy was previously working on the very early stages of a separate project in the region, the Hunter Coast Offshore Wind Project, which is now being developed independently by Energy Estate.

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