Alinta Energy explores potential for 1-GW wind farm in Aussie waters

Alinta Energy's investigation area for the Spinifex offshore wind farm. Image by: Alinta Energy.

December 7 (Renewables Now) - Australian power generator Alinta Energy is assessing the potential for building a 1-GW wind farm off the coast of Victoria that could possibly help power an aluminium smelter in the southeastern Aussie state.

The Spinifex offshore wind farm project would entail an investment of up to AUD 4 billion (USD 2.84bn/EUR 2.51bn), Alinta Energy said on Monday.

The complex is planned to be located around 10 kilometres (6.21 miles) off the coast of Portland, southwestern Victoria, and connect to the grid via the Portland Aluminium Smelter’s switchyard. There will be no need for the construction of new powerlines. The developer noted, however, that the scheme is still in its very early stages and the exact location of the turbines is yet to be determined.

Wind monitoring and site surveys for the project are due to be carried out, while consultations are expected to be launched next year. According to Alinta, the selected area offers “excellent” wind resources.

If completed, the scheme will make the aluminium smelter one of the first ones in Australia using up to 100% renewables electricity. Its execution will align with the aluminium industry’s decarbonisation efforts.

Further updates on the Spinifex proposal will be made in the first half of 2022, Alinta said.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.709/EUR 0.628)

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