Offshore wind project connecting with local business

The owners of Australia’s first offshore wind project are working with ICN Vic to connect with local suppliers.

Star of the South, proposed to be located off the south coast of Gippsland, has the potential to supply up to 20% Victoria’s electricity needs. At 2.2 GW, it would be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, generating enough electricity to power up to 1.2 million homes.

The project is currently in feasibility stage and the project owners are encouraging local businesses, including Traditional Owner businesses and those involved in industries undergoing transition in the Gippsland region, to express their interest in the project through its ICN Gateway page.

ICN Vic Industry Adviser, Colin Young said Star of the South is committed to supporting Australian industry and will seek to fully harness local content delivery and industry development.

“Offshore wind farms are a proven driver for jobs and contract opportunities and the Star of the South presents a unique opportunity to grow the next generation capability for the Victorian renewable sector,” he said.

“The project would provide large-scale, renewable electricity generation to support Victoria’s energy transition, as well as local jobs and investment.

Major work packages are likely to include:

  • offshore wind turbine generators
  • steel foundations
  • high voltage submarine and terrestrial cable
  • medium voltage submarine cable
  • offshore substations
  • onshore substations
  • grid connection
  • transportation, installation / construction, commissioning of the above
  • balance of plant operations and maintenance requirements.

“There are also significant downstream opportunities through the successful contractors, including Marine construction and logistic support, engineering and construction, site services and electrical and mechanical work,” Colin said.

Subject to approvals and meeting feasibility requirements, construction could start as early as 2023, with power delivered by 2025 and building up to full capacity in 2027.

Interested and capable companies should ensure their Gateway profile is up to date and register their interest via the Star of the South Gateway page.