Copenhagen Energy Submits Third 3 GW Offshore Wind Proposal in Australia

Danish renewable energy company Copenhagen Energy has submitted a third offshore wind project proposal in Australia to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water for initial assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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After filing two proposals earlier this year for 3 GW offshore wind farms in Western Australia, one in the waters between Mandurah and Bunbury and one offshore Kalbarri, the company has now revealed details for a project of the same size planned for an area 10 to 44 kilometres offshore between Lancelin and Two Rocks.

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The third project, called Samphire Offshore Wind Farm, will comprise up to 200 turbines and six substation platforms in Commonwealth waters delivering 3 GW of renewable electricity, enough to power three million homes and businesses, for up to 50 years, according to the developer.

Subsea export cables through State waters will connect the wind farm to a transfer station on land at a site between 60 to 120 kilometres north of Perth.

Same as with the two previously announced projects, Copenhagen Energy said its modelling indicated that for every 1 GW of power, the Samphire Offshore Wind Farm will create 14,500 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and 200 jobs during operation.

The project can power around 3 million homes with clean electricity and is expected to offset up to 6 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

Subject to approvals, the company aims to start construction of the Samphire offshore wind farm in 2029.

“The release of our Samphire proposal is just the start of a long process that will involve comprehensive studies to understand the environmental, economic, and social impacts of our project”, said Copenhagen Energy Chief Executive Officer Jasmin Bejdic.

“As with our other projects, we are talking to a range of local, State and Federal government agencies and local community, tourism, and fishing groups about our project and how we can develop it successfully”.  

Last month, Copenhagen Energy released details of its Midwest Offshore Wind Farm, some five months after introducing its first project in Western Australia, Leeuwin Offshore Wind Farm.

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The developer has one more project planned for the Australian State, Velella Offshore Wind Farm, for which it will also file a proposal to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

The fourth project is also planned to have an installed capacity of 3 GW, bringing Copenhagen Energy’s development portfolio in Western Australia to a total of 12 GW.

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