The project 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.
The Star of the South operates under an exclusive exploration licence, which was approved by the Commonwealth Government on 29 March 2019. The licence is for exploration activities only and is valid for five years, with a possible extension of two years.
We are currently preparing for detailed studies and data collection out at sea within a 496km2 area of Bass Strait, off the south coast of Gippsland.
Our immediate next steps involve preparing environment plans and a consultation plan to guide our investigation work. We will be in the community over the coming months to consult on those plans.
We look forward to hearing from local communities and stakeholders about the project and we are committed to keeping people informed of our progress as we explore the possibility of Australia’s first offshore wind project.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our activities or the project in general.