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Have a question about the Star of the South project? We want to hear from you!

Ask us your questions below and we’ll get back to you with the information you need. Answers are published below so that others with the same question can see. Frequently asked questions can be found on the right side of the page.

You can also contact us:

For information about supply chain opportunities and to register interest in supplying the project, please visit our Industry Capability Network Gateway page.


Have a question about the Star of the South project? We want to hear from you!

Ask us your questions below and we’ll get back to you with the information you need. Answers are published below so that others with the same question can see. Frequently asked questions can be found on the right side of the page.

You can also contact us:

For information about supply chain opportunities and to register interest in supplying the project, please visit our Industry Capability Network Gateway page.


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    What structural/civil engineering company is working on this project?

    Moss Judson asked 9 days ago

    Hi there, thanks for your interest in the project.

    It's still early days on the project and we have not awarded any contracts yet for the design or construction of the project. We're currently doing site investigations to confirm's the project's feasibility and what's involved to bring offshore wind to Australia.

    If everything goes well with our investigations, business case and approvals, the earliest construction could start is around 2023 – although this is an ambitious timeframe for such a big project. If we are able to meet this date, we could start generating power in 2025, building up to full power by 2027.

    We have established a supplier registration process through the Industry Capability Network. You can find more information and register your interest here to stay up to date with project news and opportunities: https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4604/star-of-the-south-offshore-wind-project

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    How far offshore will this be based since it'll be out the front of port albert and woodside?

    Plugga54 asked 11 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. The closest point of the wind farm would be around 7km from the coast. 

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    Hi SOTS. What is your expected timetable for completing the various site assessment activities, particularly the wind survey? Will the results be made public and when? Also, is the plan still to install 8 MW turbines or is consideration possible of 10 or 12 MW machines currently under development? Would consideration be given to increasing the capacity of the project if you went with larger turbines?

    Glenn Tamblyn asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Glenn, thanks for your questions.

    Wind and wave monitoring equipment were placed off the coast in November last year and will collect data over several years. We also undertook initial seabed surveys in March which found the seafloor was sandy with few reef structures, but we need to do more studies next year to further understand what’s down there.

    We also have a Marine Ecology Survey Program underway and this is building our understanding of marine life and birds in and around the area. This work will take place over a minimum of 12 months.

    The findings of these investigations will be used to inform project design and environmental assessments, which are expected to be prepared and exhibited for public review and comment around 2022.

    We haven't selected a turbine yet and are still exploring a range of turbine sizes. We're in discussion with turbine manufacturers to understand what's available and suitable for this site. At 2.2GW, Star of the South would be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, so we're not looking to increase the capacity of the project.

    Feel free to give us a call if you'd like to talk through this further - on 1800 340 340.

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    I would like to ask how my company can get involved on the construction of the project? our company specialises in Control system in teh renewable market. THank you.

    Melaluf asked 2 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your interest.

    We’re currently still at an early stage of project development, carrying out site investigations to confirm the project's feasibility. If everything goes well with our investigations, business case and approvals, the earliest construction could start is around 2023 – although this is an ambitious timeframe for such a big project. If we are able to meet this date, we could start generating power in 2025, building up to full power by 2027.

    We have established a supplier registration process through the Industry Capability Network. You can find more information and register your interest here to stay up to date with project news and opportunities: https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4604/star-of-the-south-offshore-wind-project

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    Hi , would the continual generated energy from the wind farm to land affects the health of the fish or the green bottom also could the cables's electromagnetic field running under ground all the way to the power station affect humans , telecommunications and plants above ground . thank you

    George Salib asked 3 months ago

    Hi George,

    Thanks for your question.

    Powerlines, electrical appliances and wiring all emit extremely low frequency (ELF) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) – we are all exposed to some level of ELF EMF daily. Leading public health bodies confirm that extensive research over the past 30 years has not found a link between exposure to low level electromagnetic fields, such as those from powerlines, and health effects.

    The project will undergo comprehensive and robust environmental assessment and approvals processes through which any potential EMF effects will be considered.

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    How many turbines will this project have? What are the specs of the proposed turbine i.e. Mw output, elevation above the water (including actual turbine size and blade length) and total proposed Mw output of the Wind Farm. Thank you

    TJB asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your questions.

    At this early stage in the project's development, we haven't decided on the type or number of turbines that could be used. Our wind and wave monitoring data, seabed studies and discussions with turbine suppliers will help to identify the best turbine for this site. The size of the turbine and its capacity will determine how many are needed.

    Based on our current understanding of the site, we’re looking at turbines that are between approximately 185m and 245m high, with a diameter of around 160m-220m and a 25m minimum clearance from the sea.

    Our initial studies show us that the wind farm could generate up to 2200 MW, providing around 20% of Victoria’s energy needs and powering 1.2 million homes.

    You can find more information on what we consider when choosing a turbine in our April newsletter here: https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/48520/widgets/264407/documents/164080

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    Can these be painted in a low visibility paint colour? Also for those doing night time (southern aurora) photography will there be lights?

    Big Dave asked 3 months ago

    Hi Dave, thanks for your great question. As you’d be aware, offshore turbines are typically white and there are a couple of reasons for this. White is a neutral colour and is considered to be less visible. Additionally, white does not absorb heat / UV. As the turbines are made from metal, any excess heat absorption would cause them to expand and deform. 

    The colour of the turbines is typically defined by navigation, aviation and related safety regulators such as the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). We expect that as part of the planning and approvals process guidance would be given on the colour. The boat landings and transition pieces are typically yellow for increased visibility and safety. 

    Regarding lights on the turbines, this is dependent on requirements from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, AMSA and other bodies that govern the safety regulations of the water. Lighting would be required for visibility and safety, however the extent is still being determined at this stage of the project. Thanks again for your question.  

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    Hi, I am wondering if this project has signed an APA and if so, for how much capacity and how long?

    Aleksbc asked 4 months ago

    Hi, we haven’t signed a Power Purchase Agreement at this stage. We’re currently still in the feasibility phase of the project with several studies underway to understand the wind and site conditions. Thanks for your questions and be sure to follow our progress as we continue our studies.

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    I wish to invest in the company's share market listing. What is their name and which exchange is it under?

    Ted Smith asked 4 months ago

    Hi Tim, thanks for getting in touch. The Star of the South is a private company comprised of Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – a global leader in offshore wind (funded by pension/superannuation funds). At this stage the project is not looking to make public investment opportunities available. Thanks again for your interest.  

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    who do I contact to start a training program to become a windfarm technician?

    Jason Murray asked 5 months ago

    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for your question.

    It's still early days on the project and we're now doing site investigations to confirm the project's feasibility and what's involved to bring offshore wind to Australia. If everything goes right with our studies, approvals and business case, the earliest construction could start is around 2023 (although that is an ambitious timeframe for what is potentially such a big project). If we met this date, we could start to generate power in 2025 building up to full power by 2027.

    A good place to start for advice on training and opportunities on wind projects would be the Clean Energy Council. They are running a webinar next week on Renewable Energy Jobs in Australia. Here is the link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uIDw_dwzRfac7ODoI37tTQ

    Federation University now also offer some training in this spacehttps://study.federation.edu.au/#/course/WING


    Offshore wind projects also typically require people with skills in the electrical (high voltage) and marine areas.

    Best of luck with your future endeavours!