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BlueFloat Energy unveils proposal for floating project off Australia's coast

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 28/02/2023 BlueFloat Energy

BlueFloat Energy has announced plans for a new floating offshore wind project off the coast of Australia. The wind farm is called the Eastern Rise Offshore Wind Project and is set to be delivered over a development and construction period of seven years. The company is targeting an installed capacity of 1.725 GW. 

This follows the announcement by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, about the proposed offshore wind zone in the Pacific Ocean off Hunter region of New South Wales. The Project sits within the proposed offshore wind zone.

Nick Sankey, BlueFloat Energy’s Country Manager, stated that the decision to develop a new project in the region was based on a combination of factors, including the Hunter’s history of industrial development and power generation, the quality of the wind resource, the advantageous positioning near emerging energy infrastructure and BlueFloat Energy’s positive stakeholder and community engagement to date.

Sankey said: “BlueFloat Energy is extremely excited about the latest addition to our growing list of offshore wind projects in Australia. Minister Bowen’s announcement is positive for the whole state and Australia’s energy transition”.

“We know local communities support regional economic opportunities and are receptive to sustainable innovation. We will be working closely with the local communities to ensure this project delivers economic and environmental benefits to the area and builds on the region’s long history as a leader in energy, manufacturing and maritime industries.“

BlueFloat Energy was previously working on the very early stages of a separate project in the region, the Hunter Coast Offshore Wind Project, which is now being developed independently by Energy Estate.

Carlos Martin, CEO of BlueFloat Energy said “The announcement is the latest demonstration of BlueFloat Energy’s commitment to being a long-term partner to Australia and New Zealand, developing world-class offshore wind projects. BlueFloat Energy hopes that through collaboration with government at all levels, industry, communities and other offshore wind proponents, it can create a lasting impact on Australia’s transition and cement the nation’s position as a clean energy superpower.”

Yesterday 4C Offshore reported that the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government declared the fifth Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) in the Illawarra coastal region. The area has been identified as a suitable location for offshore wind developments.
The Illawarra REZ runs down the coastline from Wollongong to Shellharbour and around to Dapto capturing existing infrastructure such as Port Kembla, Dapto Substation and the Tallawarra Power Station.

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