Australia’s emerging offshore wind industry is on the cusp of going to the next level with the introduction of a new regulatory framework expected to be in place during the second half of 2021. This is expected to further encourage the development of offshore wind farms beyond Australia’s pioneering project, the Star of the South, which is to be located off the Gippsland coast in Victoria with a 2.2GW capacity and in the feasibility phase.
Recently, a number of new projects in early feasibility phase have been announced, each with a diversity of total capacity, geographic location and technology to be used (especially between fixed and floating foundations). It is hoped that this will further encourage interest in Australia as a real opportunity for investment, infrastructure and supply chain expertise that has been developed globally and will be required to help this nascent industry progress.
Andy Evans is one of the co-founders of the Star of the South and also progressing a portfolio of new projects around Australia and New Zealand through Oceanex Energy, of which he is a co-founder and CEO. Oceanex Energy has publicly announced 5 projects off the coast of Australia with a strong focus on the developing floating foundation technology and acknowledges the need for global support and interest to develop this exciting industry.Register Here