Norway’s Equinor to help progress Bass Offshore Wind project

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Norwegian energy company Equinor and Australian renewables developer Nexsphere will join forces to progress the Bass Offshore Wind Energy (BOWE) project in the Bass Strait, Tasmania.  

The BOWE project is a multi-billion-dollar, fixed bottom foundation offshore wind farm development located about 30km off Tasmania’s north-east coast, benefiting from a world class wind resource.  

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Situated within the proposed offshore wind energy zone to be announced by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, The Hon Chris Bowen MP, the project has potential to scale up to multiple gigawatts of installed capacity across multiple stages.

Nexsphere CEO Glen Kierse said, “We believe the potential for offshore wind in Tasmania is extraordinary, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with a global leader in wind energy, Equinor. We see BOWE as one of a series of projects that will provide the scale required to generate high-capacity renewable electricity to support significant growth for Tasmania and its emerging green hydrogen sector as well as providing renewable electricity into the National Electricity Market. The BOWE project is uniquely positioned to support many of the Tasmanian Government’s recent announcements including Marinus Link, Battery of the Nation and the Bell Bay Hydrogen Hub.” 

Equinor senior director for offshore wind in Australia Thomas Hansen said, “As we continue to see momentum grow for the offshore wind industry in Australia, we’re excited to join Nexsphere and further progress the Bass Offshore Wind Energy project. The Bass Strait is a world class offshore wind resource, and this project is well placed to support Australia’s energy transition and Tasmania’s goal to double the production of green electricity by 2040.”

The collaboration combines Equinor’s global experience and expertise in the development and construction of offshore wind farms with Nexsphere’s local experience and track record. The project team will continue to engage with Tasmanian communities and businesses during the project’s life span as local engagement is critical to the sustainable project development of offshore wind.

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The BOWE project will provide a major economic boost to northern Tasmania and create significant short-term and long-term employment opportunities during the development, delivery, management and operational phases of the project including research, marine and structural engineering, vessel fleet and delivery headquarters, yard and port operations. Equinor is currently undertaking preparatory activities while Nexsphere is progressing the project. 

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