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Australia launches consultation for an up to 20 GW offshore wind development area

The Australian Ministry for Climate Change and Energy has launched consultations on a proposed offshore wind development area in the Indian Ocean, located off the Bunbury region of Western Australia, which could enable the development of up to 20 GW of offshore wind capacity. Submissions on the proposed area are open from 20 February until 3 May 2024.

The 7,674 km2 zone is the sixth area for which Australia has launched a consultation process. The first two areas which have been declared for offshore wind development are located off Victoria’s Gippsland coast and New South Wales’ Hunter region. In addition, initial consultations for the proposals in the Southern Ocean Region off Victoria and South Australia, as well as the New South Wales’ Illawarra region, have already concluded. 

Construction in these areas can only start once the feasibility stage is finalised, and approvals for environmental and management plans are obtained.

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