BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate unveil 1GW+ project in Australia

BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate have unveiled a new offshore wind development in Australia – the Southern Winds Offshore Wind Project (Southern Winds).  

Southern Winds is a 1.155 GW project that will use bottom-fixed technology and will be located 10 – 30 kilometres off the coasts of South Australia and Victoria. The site falls within the Portland West Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) announced by the Victorian Government.

According to BlueFloat and Energy Estate the site was chosen for a number of reasons including world class wind resource, skilled local workforce combined with social and political support for the industry and access to a deep-water port. They outlined that it will have access to Victoria’s 500kV network and potential to expand transmission network into South Australia.

“Australia’s change in Government in May this year has shifted the narrative on climate change and the role of renewables in decarbonising the country´s economy.  The new Prime Minister has promised to turn Australia into a renewable energy superpower and is viewed as being outward-looking and ambitious about Australia’s Net Zero emissions target. We are excited about the role of offshore wind in this journey” said Nick Sankey, Country Manager for BlueFloat Energy.  

Simon Currie, Co-founder and Chief Projects Officer at Energy Estate, commented: “Southern Winds is an exciting addition to our portfolio of offshore wind projects in Australia. This region has world class wind resources and a history of successful industrial and renewable energy developments. Our vision includes enabling globally competitive clean forest products and a sustainable fuels hub which stretches from Mt Gambier to Portland.”  

Carlos Martin, CEO of BlueFloat Energy said: “This is the fourth project in Australia and brings us to a total capacity of over 5GW.   Together, BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate are  committed to the accelerated development of the Australian offshore wind industry.   We strongly believe that close collaboration with government, offtakers, transmission companies, the supply chain and other developers will be critical to the industry’s success”.  

The announcement of Southern Winds comes shortly after recent announcements by BlueFloat Energy of a 5GW portfolio in Columbia, 1GW in Taiwan and a 50MW project in the Port of Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands.  BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate are continuing to advance the development of further sites in Australia and New Zealand. The partnership claims it is also committed to supporting the growth of local manufacturing and supply chains and is working alongside local and global partners to achieve this goal.