Equinor and Oceanex to pursue offshore wind in NSW

Offshore wind turbines at sea (alinta PARKWIND)
Image: Shutterstock

Norwegian energy company Equinor and Australian and New Zealand offshore wind developer Oceanex Energy are teaming up to progress offshore wind opportunities in New South Wales, Australia. 

The Commonwealth Government has signalled a strong desire to develop an offshore wind market in Australia with new legislation and an emerging regulatory framework coming into effect recently. 

The collaboration will combine Oceanex’s local knowledge and experience gained over the last decade with Equinor’s world-leading offshore experience and pioneering role in the development of offshore wind. 

Related article: DP Energy pursuing five Australian offshore wind projects

Oceanex has prepared the ground for offshore wind projects in New South Wales over several years with a focus on the Hunter Valley (Novocastrian Offshore Wind Farm), Illawarra (Illawarra Offshore Wind Farm) and South Coast (Eden Offshore Wind Farm). Once the relevant declared areas have been announced by the Commonwealth Government, the two companies intend to submit feasibility licence applications for offshore wind acreage in these regions. 

Equinor vice president business development renewables Asia & Pacific Lars Johannes Nordli said, “Australia has set a net-zero target by 2050 and has signalled a strong desire to accelerate renewable energy as part of its energy mix.

“Our ambition is to apply our industrial offshore experience and broad energy competence to create long-lasting value and supply homegrown renewables power to Australia by working closely with a strong local partner such as Oceanex in New South Wales. Assessing renewable opportunities in Australia supports our strategy as a global offshore wind major to build scale in core areas and secure growth options in attractive new markets early.”

Oceanex CEO Andy Evans said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Equinor on offshore wind opportunities in New South Wales. We believe that Equinor, as leaders in offshore wind and floating foundation development, are the ideal partner to progress these exciting projects.

Related article: Backyard wind turbine fans neighbourhood dispute

“Our optimism is heightened by detailed stakeholder engagement, strong industrial bases, especially in the Hunter and the Illawarra, and our high-level environmental studies and grid studies which support large new infrastructure uptake and State and Commonwealth policies. We look forward to continuing the development of our projects in New South Wales and working closely with Equinor to build this new industry in New South Wales.”

Equinor and the shareholders of Oceanex will co-invest in entities to explore these opportunities, with the transaction expected to complete in Q4 2022, subject to relevant approvals. 

Previous articleDP Energy pursuing five Australian offshore wind projects
Next articleScientists pen open letter to Plibersek over coal and gas