Copenhagen Energy proposes another 3-GW wind project in Aussie waters

Offshore wind park Borkum Riffgrund 1. Image by ├śrsted A/S.

September 5 (Renewables Now) - Danish firm Copenhagen Energy is seeking public feedback on a proposal envisaging the construction of a 3-GW offshore wind farm in Western Australia, it said on Monday.

The so-called Samphire Offshore Wind Farm will be Copenhagen Energy’s third offshore wind scheme in Aussie waters. The project details have been submitted to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water for an initial assessment.

To be installed north of Perth, the Samphire park is planned to comprise up to 200 turbines and six substation platforms and will be capable to generate electricity for around three million homes and businesses. It will be hooked to the national transmission system through a subsea export cable network. The huge plant’s turbines will be erected within an area of up to 700 sq km, located between 10 km and 44 km off Lancelin and Two Rocks.

Depending on the approval process, Samphire’s construction is set to kick off in 2029.

Copenhagen Energy intends to build four wind farms off Western Australia’s coast. So far, it has presented for initial review three of the schemes, including Samphire. The Leeuwin and MidWest offshore parks, its first two proposals, will each have up to 200 turbines and a capacity of around 3 GW. The fourth project, dubbed Velella, has still not been submitted for review by the federal government.

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