Co-developed by Energy Estate and BlueFloat Energy, Southern Winds is a 1.155 GW project that will use bottom-fixed technology, and will be located 10 – 30 km off the coasts of South Australia and Victoria. The site falls within the Portland West Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) announced by the Victorian government.
The site was chosen carefully for its various advantages, including a ‘world class wind resource’ a skilled local workforce combined with social and political support for the industry, access to a deep-water port with excellent infrastructure in the proximity of the project, robust local demand for energy and access to Victoria’s 500kV network, with the potential to expand it into South Australia.
“Australia’s change in government in May this year has shifted the narrative on climate change and the role of renewables in decarbonising the country´s economy. The new prime minister has promised to turn Australia into a renewable energy superpower and is viewed as being outward-looking and ambitious about Australia’s Net Zero emissions target. We are excited about the role of offshore wind in this journey” says Nick Sankey, country manager for BlueFloat Energy.
The announcement of Southern Winds comes shortly after recent announcements by BlueFloat Energy of a 5 GW portfolio in Columbia, 1 GW in Taiwan and a 50 MW project in the Port of Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands.