China eyes off $200m Granville wind farm

China eyes off $200m Granville wind farm

Plans for a new windfarm in Tasmania are looking more positive after the developers visited investors and potential partners in China.

WestCoast Wind is planning a 99MW wind farm with 33 turbines just north of Granville Harbour, a project it says will create more than 200 jobs in an area ravaged by the downturn in the local mining industry.

WestCoast managing director Alex Simpson says he timed a recent visit to China to coincide with an energy roundtable held by State Growth and Energy Minister Matthew Groom.

“This visit was extremely positive,” Mr Simpson told Tasmanian media.

“The project was well received with investors and provided confirmation the Granville Harbour Wind Farm is located in a world-class wind resource with good project economics.”

Around 40 per cent of the potential investors are in Australia, with the balance offshore, largely in China.