Australia pens framework for offshore power generation
CANBERRA, September 3, 2021 – Australia has introduced legislation that governs offshore power generation and transmission projects, the government announced on Wednesday.
The Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 establishes a legal framework for construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of offshore electricity projects.
The move brings Australia one step closer to building three proposed power generation projects.
Upon completion, the 2.2-GW Star of the South offshore wind project will cover 496 square kilometres off the Gippsland coast in Victoria and provide 20% of the state’s energy consumption.
The Marinus Link project will further link Tasmania and Victoria states through a 1,500-MW undersea electricity connection.
Sun Cable’s Australia-Asia PowerLink project consists of the world’s largest solar farm and battery facility in the Northern Territory with a 5,000-kilometre transmission system linking Darwin state, Singapore and Asian markets. The project will provide 15% of Singapore’s energy requirements.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the three projects combined are worth more than USD 73 million and will create 10,000 jobs during their construction phase.