SSE Renewables, a subsidiary of UK-listed SSE plc, and Equis Development Pte Ltd (Equis), Asia Pacific’s leading renewable energy developer, have formed a 50/50 owned consortium to bid for a feasibility license to expedite the development, construction, ongoing operations and ownership of an offshore wind farm project in Australia’s first Federal Government declared offshore wind zone of Gippsland, near the State of Victoria.

SSE Renewables and Equis have identified the target areas where they intend to apply for a feasibility licence. They are working together on the required due diligence work ahead of a bid submission in April 2023.

Should the consortium succeed, SSE Renewables will be responsible for the offshore wind project’s engineering, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance. Equis will be responsible for developing the offshore wind project, including the power network connection, development approval and environmental requirements, community and stakeholder engagement, offtake and government licensing and financing requirements.

The State of Victoria targets at least 2 GW of offshore generation capacity by 2032, 4 GW by 2035 and 9 GW by 2040.

“SSE is carefully targeting opportunities to expand its pipeline internationally. Australia and the State of Victoria are at a very early stage of developing their offshore wind potential and SSE sees the Gippsland tender as a good opportunity to bring its capabilities to help deliver it. We are delighted to partner with Equis on this application, combining our track record in offshore wind and their local presence and renewables development experience.” said Vincent Claussehead of International Business Development at SSE Renewables.

“Equis has been a leading renewable energy developer in Australia and the Asia Pacific for the last decade, including offshore wind generation. SSE isthe first-choice partner of offshore wind developers and owners globally and complements Equis’ development expertise, all of which will be fundamental for completing projects in Australia in the highly constrained and competitive offshore wind global market,” added David Russell, Managing Director at Equis.

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