Star of the South Wind Farm has unveiled three potential power transmission corridors for Australia’s first offshore wind farm. The project company has now invited community feedback on the proposed routes.
The project needs to select a transmission corridor to continue progressing by the end of the year, Star of the South Wind Farm said.
The developer will assess the three possible transmission corridors based on engineering and technical studies, advice from specialists and feedback from landholders and local communities.
Each of the three proposed options involves underground cables and substations, and connection to the grid in the Latrobe Valley.
“Due to COVID-19, face-to-face community information sessions planned in April have been cancelled. The community is encouraged to provide feedback online or get in touch with the project team to request a hard copy information pack or setup a teleconference meeting”, the project company states.
The public will be able to provide feedback from 14 April to 17 May 2020.
Surveys at the project site off Gippsland, Victoria, started late last year. Wind, wave and seabed studies will continue over several years. The data from the surveys will inform planning assessments and the project’s feasibility, Star of the South Wind Farm said.
The developers have already referred the project to the state and federal authorities to start the environmental assessment process.