What does the Star of the South project involve?

    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.
    We’re planning to use underground cables for the transmission lines, where technically feasible.

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

    What is offshore wind?

    Offshore wind is a proven way of creating reliable, consistent and clean energy. It involves installing wind turbines in the ocean, where there are strong and consistent winds. Energy is then transferred to the coast so it can connect into the grid and be distributed to homes and businesses.

    Offshore wind is globally recognised as a significant source of energy and is today a major contributor to the energy mix in many countries including the UK, Denmark, Germany and France. Offshore wind is also taking off in the United States, Canada and throughout Asia.

    When will the project be built?

    It’s still early days. We are currently investigating the project so we are still in the feasibility phase – our studies will help confirm if the project can go ahead. If we proceed to construction, work could start in 2022. 

    How much energy could be created?

    If built to its full potential, the Star of the South could generate enough electricity to power hundreds of thousands of homes. Importantly it would help provide security to protect against blackouts, particularly in summer when demand is high.

    How many turbines will there be?

    We’re not sure yet. We are about to start studying the wind profile off the south coast of Gippsland and we’re also about to do studies into the seabed, which will help to confirm what the project might look like, if constructed.

    How many jobs will there be?

    Based on the overseas experience and the size of the project, we expect thousands of jobs could be created during construction and hundreds during operation.

    What types of jobs will there be?

    Big projects can help create direct and indirect jobs, due to the economic investment in the area.

    Direct jobs from the wind farm during construction could include civil construction, wind turbine technicians, electrical technicians, site managers, engineers and health and safety advisers. 

    Ongoing local jobs during operation could include site managers, wind turbine service technicians, blade inspectors and maintenance technicians.

    We will be consulting with industry as part of our workforce studies. Register your interest if you would like to be kept informed of opportunities.

    What input are you seeking from the community at the moment?

    It’s still early days for the project but we’re keen to hear from you on a range of matters. 

    During this initial round of formal consultation, your feedback will help inform:
    • Our approach to site investigations including identifying options for avoiding, mitigating or minimising impacts
    • Local supply benefits and opportunities as part of the development phase 
    • Approach to future consultation methods and tools 
    • Issues and opportunities relating to the potential wind farm off the south coast of Gippsland.
    There will be plenty of opportunities for you to share your views on the project, as planning and site investigations progress so register for updates if you’re keen to stay involved.

    Who is leading the project?

    The Star of the South is a private company comprised of Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) – a global leader in offshore wind. 

    Members of our team have worked in the Australian energy and global offshore wind industries for many years across planning, environmental, technical, community and commercial roles.

    Will there be a formal approvals process through the government?

    Yes. In March 2019, the Australian Government granted the project an exploration licence, which allows us to carry out site investigations.

    We are continuing to work with all levels of government to investigate and progress the project. 

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    Who can I talk to about the project?

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