Copenhagen Energy, a Danish developer, has submitted ideas for a 3GW offshore wind project off the coast of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay.
Within Commonwealth waters, the Leeuwin Offshore Wind Project calls for the building of up to 200 wind turbines and accompanying substation platforms.
Copenhagen Energy plans to build the project in Geographe Bay, around 15 to 70 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia’s south-west area. The project will most likely be built in stages, with construction expected to begin in 2026 and end in 2028, pending the completion of all requisite permitting processes.
The generated electricity will be transported ashore through export cables that will cross State Waters before reaching landfall. Once onshore, the Proposal’s electricity will be transported to a substation using subterranean and/or overhead cables.
After that, the electricity can be fed into the local grid or other electrical infrastructure.
“At this stage, it is anticipated that individual turbines delivering between 15MW and 25MW will be installed, with the definitive number, final location and ultimate turbine specifications being determined prior to construction” stated Copenhagen Energy’s proposal.”
Because the project is still in its early stages of development, many of the detailed design criteria are “yet to be determined”.
The design process is evolving based on technical feasibility and economic viability studies, and it will be further modified in response to recognised environmental and social implications, as well as the consultation process.