Denmark's CIP joins development of huge Australian offshore wind project

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

November 30 (Renewables Now) - Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S (CIP) announced today that it has joined forces with Offshore Energy Pty Ltd to jointly develop the Star of the South offshore wind project in Australian waters.

CIP did not give more details about the newly-formed partnership. It noted that the project has so far been developed solely by Offshore Energy.

The Star of the South is located off the south coast of Gippsland in Victoria. Offshore Energy says on its website that with up to 250 turbines of 8 MW, as allowed by current technology, the offshore wind farm could have a capacity of 2 GW. It is expected that wind turbines available at the time of construction could offer at least 12 MW per unit.

In October, the Australian government said that Offshore Energy had sought a licence to conduct exploration activities off the Gippsland coastline. The licence would give the company up to seven years to determine the feasibility of the project.

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