November 29 (Renewables Now) - US-based infrastructure group Aecom (NYSE:ACM) has signed contracts to provide planning and development support for what will be Australia’s first offshore wind project -- the 2-GW Star of the South.
The company has sealed the contracts recently, it said ina LinkedIn post earlier this week. Its role will be to assist the project developer along the approval process and mitigate its potential impacts on the environment and the local communities.
“The Star of the South, is a game-changer for the renewable energy market in Victoria and will help to facilitate the transition to more sustainable energy sources,” said David Hyett, director of Aecom’s environment team.
The Star of the South will be located off the south coast of Gippsland in Victoria, comprising 250 turbines installed in waters 8 km to 13 km (5 miles-8 miles) off Port Albert. An exploration licence for the project is in place and if constructed, the huge wind farm would provide clean power for up to 1.2 million homes. A wind measurement campaign was initiated earlier this month.
The offshore project is a joint development of Melbourne-based Offshore Energy Pty Ltd and Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S (CIP).