Illawarra to become NSW’s second offshore wind zone

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Australian Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen has declared the Illawarra, off the coast of Wollongong and Port Kembla, as Australia’s newest offshore wind region, with the proposal now open for public submissions.

Founded on energy generation, steel making and manufacturing, the Illawarra region is highly suited to the development of a new offshore wind industry.

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Australian energy developer Oceanex and international energy company Equinor have welcomed the announcement.

Oceanex CEO Andy Evans said, “This is a significant step towards accelerating and streamlining the development of a new offshore wind industry in Australia.

“We need offshore wind projects in NSW and other jurisdictions to capitalise on the opportunities that come with the development of a new, large-scale industry and accomplish a rapid transition to net zero emissions.”

Oceanex first announced plans for the Illawarra Offshore Wind Farm in 2020 and has been actively investigating local manufacturing capabilities and procuring high-value goods and services to support its offshore wind project supply chain.

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“We’re hoping to be able to leverage our strong relationships with local Illawarra businesses to deliver a significant portion of the Illawarra Offshore Wind Farm,” Evans said.

Equinor senior director for offshore wind in Australia Thomas Hansen said, “The designation of another offshore wind zone in Australia within six months is a powerful demonstration of Australia’s ambitions in offshore wind and showcases the scale of ambitions needed to build an industry.”

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