Nexsphere proposes 1GW offshore wind farm in Bass Straight

Offshore wind turbines (Nexsphere Bass)

Australian renewable energy company Nexsphere has revealed plans for a 1GW offshore wind farm in the Bass Straight off the coast of north-eastern Tasmania, called the Bass Offshore Wind Energy (BOWE) project.

The Bass Offshore Wind Energy project will design, construct and operate a large-scale wind farm of 35-70 offshore wind turbines in Commonwealth waters 30km off the coast of Tasmania, taking advantage of the state’s world-class offshore wind resources.

Nexsphere says the project could potentially power up to 325,000 homes with zero emissions—saving 2 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

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“The project will support Australia’s transition to a zero-carbon economy, and will confirm Tasmania’s status as a global renewable energy powerhouse, while also supporting the Tasmanian Government’s global leading target of 200 per cent renewable energy,” Nexsphere says.

Founded in 2017 by Glen Kierse, an international expert in infrastructure and energy development, and Leanne McDougall, a finance professional who is passionate about our natural environment, Nexsphere comprises a core team of engineers and a range of renewable energy experts to plan and deliver the Bass Offshore Wind Energy project in the coming years.

Nexsphere’s timeline earmarks construction to begin by 2024 with the wind farm to be operational by 2026.

Find out more about the proposal here.