Offshore wind developer eyes WA

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Offshore wind developer Australis Energy has revealed plans to develop an offshore wind farm approximately 5.5km off the WA coast between Preston Beach and Binningup.

If constructed, the wind farm would comprise 37 turbines that will generate electricity to the South West Interconnector System (SWIS) through both subsea and overhead transmission cables. 

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The size of the turbines is yet to be determined, but it has been revealed they will have a capacity ranging between 8 MW and 15 MW.

If constructed, it will have a generation capacity of up to 300MW, enough to power over 200,000 Western Australia homes.

The wind farm is currently in the pre-planning application stage and is subject to a range of environmental and statutory planning permits and consents.

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If the offshore wind farm is approved, early construction work would begin in the summer of 2024/25 with the aim that it would be completed and operational in the summer of 2026/27.   

Australis Energy is a UK-based company. It’s also pursuing offshore wind farms in Victoria and South Australia. The combined capacity of these three offshore wind projects would be 1.4GW.