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OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT WILL TRANSFORM AUSTRALIA’S RENEWABLE LANDSCAPE

Located in the waters off the Gippsland Coast in Victoria, the $8 billion Star of the South Energy project, will be Australia’s first offshore wind project, will provide up to 18 percent of the state’s current power supply, and will accelerate the country’s transition to renewable sources.

 

Still in early stages of development, Star of the South Energy project is forecast to include up to 250 turbines across 574-square kilometres and produce roughly 8,000 GWh of electricity per year, and undersea and underground connections to existing networks in the Latrobe Valley.

WSP (formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff) is the lead consultant to Offshore Energy Pty Ltd, the company pioneering this transformational project. For more than three years WSP has provided turn-key project management, environment, planning and engineering services for the Star of the South Energy Project.

Guy Templeton, President & CEO Australia and New Zealand at WSP said, “This project is a significant step forward in Australia’s renewable journey. It is likely to reduce carbon emissions by around 10.5 million tonnes a year and power 1.2 million homes. The Gippsland area will also welcome the vast number of jobs that the project will create, during both the construction and ongoing operational phases.”

Mr Templeton added, “WSP is pleased to support Offshore Energy and the development of this innovative new project.”

Offshore wind farms in the right conditions can produce higher and more consistent power and while originally pioneered in Europe, are now widespread across the northern hemisphere. This proposed project will be Australia’s first foray into offshore wind.

Details of the feasibility study undertaken by Offshore Energy in conjunction with the Commonwealth government were presented to the Victorian Government’s New Energy Technology Roundtable in Churchill, on 2 June 2017. Preliminary analyses indicate the right wind conditions for high and reliable energy production.

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For additional information, please contact:

Kate Volcov
Director Brand, Marketing & Communications, ANZ
WSP
Phone: +61 439 933 472
Email: Kate.Volcov@wsp.com