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Offshore floating wind development in Aus

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 22/03/2023

A local developer in Australia, Spark Renewables, together with international floating offshore wind developer Simply Blue Group and global business in the delivery of offshore projects and services, Subsea7, have formed a consortium to pursue floating offshore wind development off the coast of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, in the Hunter and Illawarra regions.

The recently declared Hunter-Central Coast and Illawarra Renewable Energy Zones offer opportunities to support the development of floating wind alongside the potential future Commonwealth offshore wind zones, including the proposed Hunter offshore wind area.

Subsea7 has previously partnered with Simply Blue Group on the Salamander floating offshore wind project in Scotland.

Sam Roch-Perks, Group CEO, Simply Blue Group, commented: “With a long coastline and stable continental shelf, we see huge potential for offshore floating wind projects off New South Wales. The State Government of New South Wales has announced key Renewable Energy Zones making it clear that it’s committed to a diverse, affordable, modern energy system, with wind energy firmly in the mix."

Head of Spark Renewables, Anthony Marriner, commented: “The consortium will investigate the suitability of areas for developing an offshore wind farm within the proposed Hunter offshore area and the foreshadowed Illawarra offshore area. Community-wide and stakeholder-specific consultation with ecological agencies, Traditional Owners, Australian maritime, aviation and defence must inform any site identification process before we proceed to determining specific projects. As a NSW-based company, we understand the community issues, and this is a key focus for us on all our projects."

Darren Cormell, Subsea7, VP Floating Wind, commented: “There is a great potential to enable an offshore wind energy solution for the New South Wales population, and achieving a cleaner energy mix for the future.”

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