Australis Energy puts forward plan for 300-MW wind farm in Aussie waters

Offshore wind farm. Author: Beverley Goodwin. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

April 12 (Renewables Now) - UK-based Australis Energy Ltd is seeking environmental approval of a plan to build an up to 300-MW offshore wind project in the state of Western Australia.

Through special purpose vehicle WA Offshore Windfarm Pty Ltd, the offshore wind developer has submitted its proposal for review to the state’s Environmental Protection Authority, official documents show. According to the filing from last week, the plan envisages the installation of up to 37 turbine generators around 5.5 km (3.4 miles) off the coast between Preston Beach and Myalup, in the southwestern part of the state.

Each of the plant’s 37 turbines will have capacities ranging between 8 MW and 15 MW. While a final choice has still not been made, the developer noted that the larger version is a preferred option due to the shorter construction period and limited visual impact.

Subject to planning and environmental clearance, the construction of the Western Australian (WA) Offshore Windfarm is likely to begin in early 2025, with commissioning expected to take place in the summer of 2026. If completed, the plant will have an output that will be enough to cover the annual electricity consumption of over 200,000 local homes.

Australis Energy, registered in England and Wales, says on its website it is pursuing three offshore wind projects in Australia -- in Victoria (495 MW), South Australia and Western Australia (600 MW). Those schemes have a total capacity of 1.4 GW.

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