GeelongPort has released plans to develop up to 25 hectares of land for a wind farm hub to support Victoria’s growing renewables industry.

Located at Oyster Cove near GeelongPort’s Lascelles Wharf, the precinct will provide bespoke facilities for the berthing, laydown and construction of equipment for onshore and offshore wind farm projects.

The new precinct is expected to be a major contributor to economic activity in Geelong and regional Victoria by boosting jobs in the region, developing local supply chains and providing infrastructure to attract renewables businesses.

Since 2018, GeelongPort has facilitated the berthing and laydown of more than two million tonnes of wind farm cargo.

GeelongPort CEO Brett Winter said GeelongPort was proud to be a part of Victoria’s transition to renewable energy outlined in The Victorian Offshore Wind Policy Directions Paper released in March 2022.

“GeelongPort is committed to supporting the establishment and growth of this emerging industry,” he said.

“The strategic location of our port means that we can play a key leadership role in the transition towards renewable energy sources.”

The 25-hectare precinct will incorporate the purpose-built facilities required of a wind farm construction feeder port to meet the unique needs of offshore wind developments. It will support the construction, operation and maintenance of wind farm projects as well as laydown and storage facilities.

While we already have existing capacity to manage wind farm cargo, we are working to grow our infrastructure offering. Our priority is to invest in the right infrastructure to meet industry demand and support Victoria’s renewable energy targets.

The Victorian Government and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) released the Victorian Offshore Wind Policy Directions Paper in March 2022 to outline the state’s vision for offshore wind, which it sees as a vital part of Victoria’s clean energy transition. The Victorian Government has committed to a 2032 offshore wind target for Victoria of at least 2GW, aiming for first power to come progressively online from 2028.

Pending approvals, GeelongPort’s wind farm precinct has the potential to create local jobs during construction and support direct and indirect renewable energy jobs.

As the first port in Australia to achieve Climate Active carbon neutral certification for its business operations, GeelongPort is already playing a key leadership role.

This major port precinct will support both on-shore and off-shore wind farm projects and is another step to support Geelong community’s ongoing engagement in a clean energy future.

GeelongPort is a critical part of the Geelong region’s economy, facilitating more than $7 billion of trade annually, with the new precinct to further boost jobs and activity.

GeelongPort will continue to engage the local community in establishing Geelong as a leader in the transition to clean energy. It’s all a part of our commitment to becoming Australia’s most sustainable bulk port.

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