GeelongPort plans major wind farm hub

Aerial photo of large ship berthed at GeelongPort
Image: GeelongPort

Victoria’s GeelongPort has unveiled plans to develop a major 25ha wind farm hub to support the state’s development of onshore and offshore wind farms, according to WindPowerMonthly.

Located at Oyster Cove near GeelongPort’s Lascelles Wharf, the precinct will provide facilities for the berthing, laydown and construction of equipment for onshore and offshore wind farm projects.

Related article: End-of-life plan needed for wind turbine blades, study says

“GeelongPort is committed to supporting the establishment and growth of this emerging industry,” GeelongPort CEO Brett Winter said.

“The strategic location of our port means that we can play a key leadership role in the transition towards renewable energy sources.”

The Victorian Government has committed to a 2032 offshore wind target of at least 2GW, aiming for its first power to come online progressively from 2028. GeelongPort’s wind farm cargo precinct has the potential to create local jobs during construction, as well as to support direct and indirect renewable energy jobs.

Related article: BlueFloat, Energy Estate planning new offshore wind project

GeelongPort said it already facilitated more than $7 billion of trade annually, which includes the berthing and laydown of more than two million tonnes of wind farm cargo.

According to GeelongPort, the new wind hub will incorporate the purpose-built facilities required of a wind farm construction feeder port to meet the unique needs of offshore wind developments. This will enable it to support the construction, operation and maintenance of wind farm projects as well as laydown and storage facilities.

Previous articleCan Australia support EVs with current infrastructure?
Next articleAmpol Carbon Neutral fuel program expands