Local businesses can connect with future opportunities in Gippsland’s emerging offshore wind sector through a study now underway for Star of the South, Australia’s first proposed offshore wind project.
The project, proposed to be located off the coast of Gippsland in Victoria, has the potential to supply up to 20% of the state’s electricity needs and generate enough electricity to power up to 1.2 million homes.
Star of the South is currently in the feasibility and development phase. A range of government approvals will be needed to construct and operate the offshore wind farm.
“It typically takes around 10 years to develop and build an offshore wind project. If Star of the South is feasible and the necessary approvals are granted, construction could begin around the middle of the decade,” ICN Vic Industry Advisor Colin Young said.
Star of the South is expected to create up to 2,000 direct jobs in Victoria, including around 760 Gippsland jobs during construction and 200 long-term jobs during operation.
In a recent media release, Star of the South said businesses who complete an expression of interest on the project’s ICN Gateway may feature in an offshore wind local supplier directory and promoted across the global offshore wind supply chain. The directory will also include local steel, manufacturing, Traditional Owner, and social and inclusive procurement opportunities.
Star of the South has identified more than 100 opportunities for local businesses to supply the offshore wind sector including welding, excavation, electrical, vessel and helicopter services, fencing and safety equipment.
“Our goal is to connect local businesses that can help bring offshore wind projects to life with buyers from across the globe – not just for Star of the South but for other offshore wind projects in Australia and the world,” Star of the South CEO Charles Rattray said.
“We’re excited to show the world what Gippsland, Victoria and Australia have to offer and ensure local businesses are well-positioned to make the most of opportunities and grow local jobs.
“We expect our contractors to work with local suppliers, Traditional Owner and Indigenous-owned businesses, and social enterprises – the directory will make it easy for them and increase use of local businesses.
“Expressing interest through our ICN Gateway is the best first step to get involved.”
Contracts and work packages are likely to include materials and construction related to:
- Landscaping supplies
- Plant hire
- Earthmoving services
- Quarry products
- Structural concrete
- Welfare facilities
- Steel fabrication
- Soil and water testing
- Signage, marking and signwriting
- Waste management services
- Fuel supply
- Security systems
- Generator sets
- Diving services
- Charter and coach services
- Crew transfer vessels
- Wind turbine consumables
- Wind turbine blade inspection and repair
- Professional services
Businesses are encouraged to register and identify work packages relevant to capabilities on the project’s ICN Gateway page before 30 September. Other work packages are expected to be released as the project progresses.