The project will have an installed capacity of up to 2,000MW and involves the following main components:
Offshore wind is a well proven method of generating electricity with offshore wind projects installed across Europe with reliable and sustainable energy for more than 20 years and being adopted recently in regions such as Asia and North America.
As this is the first project of its kind in Australia, the Star of the South project team is currently conducting a range of studies to confirm its feasibility.
A decision to construct the project will be made at a later stage, subject to Commonwealth and Victorian Government approvals.
The Star of the South is a new frontier for Australia that would provide many benefits for local communities, Victoria and Australia for years to come. Based on initial investigations, the project:
The Star of the South Project is a first for Victoria, Australia and the southern hemisphere. The project team is investigating the potential to create a new ‘innovation hub’ for offshore wind in Gippsland and Latrobe Valley to support the project and other potential opportunities.
The project location was selected, amongst other reasons, to utilise available transmission and grid capacity in the Latrobe Valley, helping to make the most of Victoria’s existing infrastructure.
Detailed studies have already been undertaken and more planned to assess the feasibility of building and operating the project. The feasibility process will include:
Throughout the feasibility phase, the project will progress through Victorian and Commonwealth Government planning approval processes, which is an essential step for any major project.
If the project is found to be feasible and subject to government approval, construction could commence in 2022.
The construction of the project to its full capacity would take approximately six to eight years, and would be undertaken in stages, with electricity generation increasing at each stage.