The proposed offshore windfarm will be located approximately 5.5kms off the coast in Discovery Bay, 25kms west of Portland.
The exact layout of the offshore windfarm, including the position of the turbines, is still to be designed. The Project Study Area (PSA) is around 875 sq km and this is where the majority of our site studies, including geotechnical, socio-economic and environmental investigations, will take place. The outcome of these investigations, as well as consultation with government, industry and local communities, will determine the project design. To download the PSA map click here.
If constructed, it will have a generation capacity of up to 495 megawatts, enough to power more than 330,000 Victorian homes.
The project will comprise up to 62 offshore wind turbine generators with supporting electrical resources to transfer energy generated by the windfarm to the existing electricity network.
The size of the individual wind turbines is yet to be determined.
It’s anticipated that each turbine will generate between 8 megawatts and 15 megawatts.
Offshore wind energy in Australia is still in its formative stages but has the potential to play a key role, supporting renewable energy targets and the development of clean tech industries.
The offshore environment in Victoria offers an opportunity to tap into a more powerful and consistent wind resource, with the potential to generate more electricity at a steadier rate than most other renewable energy sources.
The consistent, strong wind patterns offshore from Portland provide tremendous opportunity to develop high capacity offshore wind-generated energy.
Portland is also close to existing infrastructure that will enable effective connection to Victoria’s electrical grid.
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