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Flotation Energy Pty Ltd is proposing to construct an offshore wind farm in Commonwealth waters off the coast of Ninety Mile Beach, which will connect into Victoria’s electricity network. The proposal includes up to 150 wind turbines and a network of subsea cables, with an indicative generation capacity of 1.5 gigawatts.
The scope of the EES referral covers the Victorian section of the project from the 3 nautical mile (NM) limit of Victorian coastal waters.
The Victorian jurisdiction is expected to include subsea export cables and a shore crossing, up to two substations, transmission cables and a terminal station connection.
The proposed project would have an expected operational life of up to 60 years.
Flotation Energy Pty Ltd has prepared a consultation plan, outlining the opportunities and approaches for its community engagement during the preparation of the EES. A planned community engagement schedule has also been provided and will be updated each quarter.
The consultation plan may be adapted or modified to meet changing community needs and requirements throughout the EES process.
Technical reference group
The Department has convened an inter-agency technical reference group to advise the proponent and the department, as appropriate, on scoping and adequacy of the EES studies during the preparation of the EES, as well as coordination with statutory approval processes.
The government organisations represented on the technical reference group are:
- DTP Impact Assessment Unit
- Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
- DEECA Renewables Planning Team
- DEECA Regions (Gippsland)
- DEECA Marine Knowledge Team
- DTP Transport
- Environment Protection Authority (Victoria)
- First Peoples - State Relations
- Heritage Victoria
- Agriculture Victoria
- Wellington Shire Council
- Latrobe City Council
- West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
- Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
- Safe Transport Victoria (Maritime Safety)
- Victorian Fisheries Authority
Technical reference group representatives are supported by internal experts on specific aspects of the EES studies.
The scoping requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the Environmental Effects Statement (EES).
Draft scoping requirements are on public exhibition from 20 September to 11 October 2023. You can make a submission on the draft scoping requirements at Engage Victoria.
After considering public submissions on the draft scoping requirements, the Minister for Planning will issue final scoping requirements.
The project also requires approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Victoria and the Commonwealth plan to coordinate administration of assessment processes where possible.
DTP aims to align the exhibition of the draft EES scoping requirements with the exhibition of the draft EIS Guidelines by DCCEEW. The draft EIS Guidelines cover the scope of the assessment for matters of national environmental significance that could be impacted by the project. The draft EIS Guidelines can be viewed on the DCCEEW website.
Minister's decision on referral
On 10 April 2022 the Minister for Planning required Flotation Energy Pty Ltd to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the project, specifically the works proposed within Victorian jurisdiction.
Proposed Seadragon Offshore Wind project queries:
Flotation Energy Pty Ltd
✉ Email: enquiries-Australia@flotationenergy.com
Page last updated: 20/09/23