Preliminary approval for Hunter offshore wind project

By: Chloe Emanuel

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The Australian Government has announced a preliminary decision on feasibility licences for offshore wind projects in Hunter, New South Wales. Novocastrian Wind Pty Ltd has been shortlisted to advance in the licensing process.

If fully approved, the proposed offshore wind project could generate 2 GW of renewable electricity, sufficient to power 1.2 million homes. The construction phase is expected to create approximately 3,000 jobs, with an additional 200 to 300 ongoing positions. The project will also offer further employment opportunities with suppliers.

The Offshore Infrastructure Registrar reviewed eight feasibility licence applications for the 1,854 km² zone. The final decision will depend on consultations with licence applicants and First Nations groups, alongside other stakeholders and the local community. This phase also includes the preparation of environmental assessments and management plans.

This preliminary approval is a significant step toward harnessing large-scale, secure, reliable, and clean energy from offshore wind, moving Australia’s renewable energy sector closer to its goals.

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