Australia’s first offshore wind project reveals underground transmission route

Australia’s first offshore wind project

The Star of the South

Australia’s first offshore wind project, the Star of the South, has narrowed down a route for the overland – but underground – transmission line that would connect the proposed 2,000MW of wind generation capacity to the grid in Victoria.

The Star of the South, which is owned by its Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), said the milestone decision had followed a rigorous 12-month assessment of three potential transmission route options connecting the offshore wind project, proposed for development off the south coast of Gippsland.

The project’s developers said the selected route, which would now be progressed through detailed planning, approvals and design processes, proposed to come to shore around Reeves Beach and travel underground through Darriman, Giffard West and Hiamdale.

The transmission line would then connect to the National Electricity Market at one of the grid’s “strongest points,” either at the site of the former Hazelwood coal power plant in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, or at the site of AGL Energy’s Loy Yang power station.

Read the full article at Renew Economy…

Source: Sophie Vorrath – Renew Economy
Image: Nicholas Doherty

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