A 10GW Newcastle floating offshore wind farm has been purchased by EDF Renewables in Australia.
The project is slated for the Hunter-Central Coast Renewable Energy Zone as part of the NSW Government Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap and is now being built close to the Port of Newcastle and energy transmission networks.
It will be developed gradually to assist the Australian government’s goals for renewable energy and to coincide with the region’s gradual phase-out of its ageing coal-fired power plants.
Newcastle Offshore Wind Energy (NOWE), the project’s initial developer, has been working on it for ten years.
It has been collaborating closely with EDF Renewables for the past 12 months.
In a cooperative relationship that will be expanded to satisfy the project’s requirements, NOWE and EDF Renewables will continue to collaborate on the project.
Dave Johnson, Chief executive of EDF Renewables in Australia, said “NOWE, based in Newcastle, has put in a lot of effort to build up their local development expertise and connect with the community and stakeholders, which puts this project in a great position to succeed in the proposed location and especially within the local community.”
“It’s always top priority for us to make sure the community and region benefit from our work and those benefits are clear, far‐reaching, and impactful for the entire community.”
“This landmark project will be developed in collaboration with a strong local team based in Newcastle, and will require the establishment of an entirely new industry in Australia.”
“I am very confident that this project will play a crucial role in providing new opportunities for employment, establishing new business and the revitalisation of existing business looking to transition from existing industries.”
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