The proponents of Australia’s Star of the South offshore wind project – which aims to be the first project of its type in the country – are examining three potential transmission corridors which would transport the electricity generated at sea to land and into the grid.
The three possible transmission corridors will be assessed against a range of measures including engineering and technical studies, advice from specialists and feedback from landholders and local communities.
Each of the options identified would connect into the grid in the Latrobe Valley and would involve underground cables and substations. The Star of the South is expected to select a transmission corridor to continue progressing by the end of the year.
The project has also taken the next step by referring the Star of the South to the Victorian Minister for Planning to consider an environment effects statement and to the Federal Minister for Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
These referrals will help government decide the best assessment and approvals pathways, including the formal opportunities for community and stakeholder consultation and feedback.
Developing offshore wind in Gippsland would help to create local job opportunities, transition to new forms of power generation and secure the state’s energy supply.
The project started collecting scientific data out at sea late last year, with wind, wave and seabed studies to continue over several years to inform planning assessments and the project’s feasibility.