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Progress made on Bunbury offshore wind zone

Offshore wind farm is constructed by a ship crane

The Federal Government has opened consultation on the proposed Bunbury offshore wind zone that could unlock up to 20GW of offshore wind.

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Announcing the news on February 20 via a press release from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment, and Water, the Government labelled the proposed area, which is 20km from shore at its closest point off Cape Naturaliste, as an “ideal location” due to the high wind speeds in the Indian Ocean. Saying the offshore wind sector represented a huge opportunity for Western Australia, the Government said the project would create high skilled and “well-paid” jobs for engineers, electrical technicians, cable installers, boilermakers, crane operators, riggers, and dockworkers.

“Offshore wind will be a critical new clean energy industry for Western Australians as electricity demand increases, helping to provide thousands of jobs along the way,” said Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen. “The Albanese Government is committed to genuine consultation on offshore wind – that’s why we want communities, industry and businesses to have their say on an offshore wind area off WA from the very beginning.”

According to the release, any potential projects must show their commitment to using Australian manufacturers, suppliers, and sub-contractors, providing tangible benefits to the local economy.

The Bunbury offshore wind zone is being led by renewable energy developer Oceanex.

Submissions for the proposed wind zone close on May 3, 2024.


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