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Offshore wind project expected to deliver substantial supply chain opportunities for the Hunter Region.

BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate have combined their skills and renewable energy expertise to build the Hunter Coast Offshore Wind Project  off the coast south of Newcastle in the Hunter Coast region of NSW.

This partnership combines BlueFloat Energy ‘s deep global experience in offshore wind with Energy Estate’s strong local presence, development expertise and track record.

BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate share a vision that offshore wind is a key enabling technology for Australia as the nation pivots from fossil fuels to a net zero future. BlueFloat Energy has a growing pipeline of offshore wind projects in multiple markets, including 3 projects in Australia.

Nick Sankey, based in Melbourne, has been appointed as Country Manager for BlueFloat Energy to help accelerate development activities.

“The timing of our announcement comes hot on the heels of Australia’s Federal Government passing legislation late last year that provides a framework for developing offshore wind projects here,” Mr Stanley said.

“This is a pivotal step as the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 establishes a regulatory scaffold to enable the construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of offshore electricity infrastructure.”

Related: Country Manager for BlueFloat Energy Nick Sankey will be presenting the Hunter Coast Offshore Wind Project’s potential supply chain procurement opportunities at the online Connecting Hunter Industry Conference on August 4. Connect here for more information.

Carlos Martin, CEO of BlueFloat Energy said offshore wind energy is booming globally and now it is Australia’s time.

“We are excited by the prospect of introducing the two types of offshore wind technology (floating and fixed) into Australia, as this will enable us to harness some of the best offshore wind resources globally.,” Mr Martin said.

“The combination of world-class wind resources, the transition from fossil fuels, and suitable maritime conditions is an ideal platform for large-scale energy infrastructure projects being built close to load sources. As experts in offshore wind development with strong technical knowledge, Bluefloat Energy are excited about what can be achieved here in Australia.”

Rosie King, Director of Engagement at Energy Estate said BlueFloat Energy and Energy Estate’s shared set of values includes actively taking steps to support training and promoting opportunities for workers to move into new roles that will be created by the offshore wind
industry.

“We believe that the best outcomes for stakeholders and local communities will be achieved if governments and the industry collaborate from the outset,” Ms King said.

“Change can be viewed as unsettling, but not if it is managed properly by open engagement with those impacted.”

The Hunter Coast Offshore Wind Project will be located in the offshore wind renewable energy zone identified by AEMO in the draft 2022 Integrated System Plan. This project will support the revitalisation of the Hunter region as it transitions from coal-fired power. It will supply existing large energy users such as Tomago’s aluminium smelter as well as the emerging loads such as green hydrogen being promoted by the Hunter Hydrogen Hub. For more details please see https://huntercoastowp.com.au/

This article was originally published on the BlueFloat Energy website.

Country Manager for BlueFloat Energy Nick Sankey

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