The Victorian Government says it is set to deliver a thriving offshore wind energy sector as work to plan and develop the Victorian Renewable Energy Terminal off the Port of Hastings gets underway.
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Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio and Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne visited the Port of Hastings on Western Port for a first look at the area where the terminal will be built, securing Victoria as the nation’s leader in offshore wind.
An investment of $27 million in the Victorian Budget 2023/24 will help create thousands of jobs, generate billions of dollars in investment and create renewable, reliable power for all Victorians from offshore wind farms.
Victoria will be the home of Australia’s first offshore wind farm—a key aim to achieve its offshore wind targets of at least 2GW by 2032, 4GW by 2035 and 9GW by 2040.
The Port of Hastings has been selected as the most suitable port to assemble offshore wind infrastructure—with the benefits of large areas of zoned land it is close to existing port precincts, has deep water channels and is close to the offshore wind projects off the coast of Gippsland.
The terminal will be built at the Old Tyabb Reclamation Area, which is located within the existing port and industrial zone. It will be equipped for the receival, assembly and installation of offshore wind foundations, towers and turbines as a multi-user facility, with new berths, heavy duty pavements and major supporting infrastructure.
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Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio said, “Offshore wind is a key pillar of Victoria’s renewable energy future. It will create thousands of jobs, generate billions in investment and provide more reliable power for all Victorians.”