About the project

The Star of the South is Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm, off the south coast of Gippsland, Victoria.

The project is a joint development by Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) – a global leader in offshore wind.

The Star of the South project involves:

  • Wind turbines and offshore substations in the ocean (see licenced area on map)
  • Subsea cables to transfer energy to the coast
  • A transmission network of cables and substations connecting to the Latrobe Valley.

In addition, upgrades to ports to allow for construction and operation may be required.

Understanding local conditions

The project is in the feasibility stage, so we still have a lot of work to do to understand many of the detailed aspects of the project.

Later in 2019, we will commence site investigations to understand local wind, seabed and environment conditions, which will help to confirm if the project can go ahead.

Based on our observations to date, the south coast of Gippsland ticks a number of boxes for offshore wind due to strong and consistent winds, relatively low water depths, access to ports and plenty of capacity in the existing electrical transmission network.

Our detailed studies and site investigations are planned to start from late 2019 and include:

  • Measuring wind and wave conditions
  • Studies to understand more about the seabed
  • Marine mammal, bird and other environmental studies
  • Community and stakeholder consultation to understand local perspectives
  • Transmission, grid and engineering capacity studies
  • Economic studies, including identifying opportunities for local industry.

Throughout the investigations phase, we will work closely with all levels of government and Traditional Owners on the potential to develop the Star of the South project into the future.

The Star of the South is Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm, off the south coast of Gippsland, Victoria.

The project is a joint development by Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) – a global leader in offshore wind.

The Star of the South project involves:

  • Wind turbines and offshore substations in the ocean (see licenced area on map)
  • Subsea cables to transfer energy to the coast
  • A transmission network of cables and substations connecting to the Latrobe Valley.

In addition, upgrades to ports to allow for construction and operation may be required.

Understanding local conditions

The project is in the feasibility stage, so we still have a lot of work to do to understand many of the detailed aspects of the project.

Later in 2019, we will commence site investigations to understand local wind, seabed and environment conditions, which will help to confirm if the project can go ahead.

Based on our observations to date, the south coast of Gippsland ticks a number of boxes for offshore wind due to strong and consistent winds, relatively low water depths, access to ports and plenty of capacity in the existing electrical transmission network.

Our detailed studies and site investigations are planned to start from late 2019 and include:

  • Measuring wind and wave conditions
  • Studies to understand more about the seabed
  • Marine mammal, bird and other environmental studies
  • Community and stakeholder consultation to understand local perspectives
  • Transmission, grid and engineering capacity studies
  • Economic studies, including identifying opportunities for local industry.

Throughout the investigations phase, we will work closely with all levels of government and Traditional Owners on the potential to develop the Star of the South project into the future.