Off-shore Windfarms In WA

As a global supplier to renewable energy industries Wire Aid is thrilled to see recent interest in the establishment of off-shore windfarms in Western Australia.

In May 2021 ABC news reported the following:

At least three companies are investigating establishing offshore wind energy farms in Western Australia, with a subsidiary of a UK-based firm lodging plans for a billion-dollar development off the coast north of Bunbury with WA’s environmental watchdog.

Key points:

  • Offshore wind farms can generate more power than those onshore
  • There are currently no operational offshore wind farms in Australia
  • The Federal Government has indicated its support for the fledgling industry

Melbourne offshore wind company Oceanex Energy is also looking for suitable sites in this area, while oil and gas exploration outfit Pilot Energy is investigating the feasibility of the waters around Geraldton.

This is a surge in activity for a renewable energy industry which is so fledgling in Australia that there are no operational offshore wind farms and, as yet, no Commonwealth regulatory environment.

Big investors looking for clean energy

One of the pioneers of the industry in Australia, Oceanex Energy’s chief executive Andy Evans, said this activity was partly due to big investors looking for clean energy projects and other countries looking to decarbonise their economies.

Another key factor was oil and gas companies – with significant expertise in developing and constructing big marine projects, many of them in WA – looking to diversify.

 Wire Aid most recently provided wire products to Vestas – Wind Technology in New Zealand.

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