3 GW Australian Offshore Wind Project Receives State Support

Denmark-based Copenhagen Energy has received support from Western Australia (WA) Government as it progresses with plans for its Leeuwin offshore wind farm.

The project has been awarded lead agency status by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science, and Innovation.

The Lead Agency Framework is reserved for significant projects with the capacity to deliver jobs and development opportunities for the State.

It provides projects with a single point of entry to the State Government and assistance with approvals processes across government agencies, including Federal and local authorities.

“This is recognition that the Leeuwin Offshore Wind Farm is a significant project for Western Australia, with the capacity to provide substantial economic, environmental, and social benefits,” said Joy Francis-Hayes, Copenhagen Energy Development Manager for Australia.

“It will help the State achieve its decarbonisation targets, provide jobs and create new skills. With the help of the department we look forward to progressing our project through the approvals and development processes to deliver a world-class offshore wind farm for WA.”

The Leeuwin offshore wind farm is located approximately 130 kilometres south of Perth between Mandurah and Bunbury, with all wind turbines to be located within Commonwealth waters.

The project will comprise up to 200 wind turbines and six substations, connected to land-based transmission stations and is expected to deliver 3 GW of electricity a year, enough to power three million homes and businesses.

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According to its developer, the Leeuwin wind farm has the capacity to deliver significant employment, with up to 14,500 jobs per GW during construction, and 200 during operation, as well as being the catalyst for the development of manufacturing and marine support services and regional development.

Besides Leeuwin, Copenhagen Energy has also submitted three project proposals in Australia, each for a 3 GW offshore wind farm.