SSE Renewables and Equis Development Pte Ltd have formed a 50/50 owned consortium to bid for a feasibility licence to expedite the development, construction, ongoing operations and ownership of an offshore wind farm project in Australia’s first Federal Government declared offshore wind zone off Gippsland, near Victoria.
SSE Renewables and Equis have identified the target areas in which they intend to apply for a feasibility licence and are working together on the required due diligence work ahead of a bid submission in April 2023.
Should the consortium be successful, SSE Renewables will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance of the offshore wind project. Equis will be responsible for the development of the offshore wind project, including the power network connection, development approval and environmental requirements, community and stakeholder engagement, offtake and government licensing and financing requirements.
Victoria is targeting at least 2 GW of offshore generation capacity by 2032, 4 GW by 2035 and 9 GW by 2040.
SSE Renewables Head of International Business Development Vincent Clausse said SSE is carefully targeting opportunities to expand its pipeline internationally.
“Australia and the State of Victoria are at a very early stage of developing their offshore wind potential and SSE sees the Gippsland tender as a good opportunity to bring its capabilities to help deliver it.
“We are delighted to partner with Equis on this application, combining our track record in offshore wind and their local presence and renewables development experience.”
Equis Managing Director David Russell said SSE is the first-choice partner of offshore wind developers and owners globally and complements Equis’ development expertise.
“[This] will be fundamental for completing projects in Australia in the highly constrained and competitive offshore wind global market.”