Oil exploration company Pilot Energy proposes 1,100MW offshore wind farm in Western Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Oil and gas explorer Pilot Energy is to commence a feasibility study into a massive 1,100MW offshore wind project, to be located on the Western Australian coast, and form part of a major wind and solar energy hub as the company looks to diversify its business outside of the fossil fuel sector.The ASX-listed company announced on Friday that it would commence an early assessment of the proposed Mid West Wind and Solar Project, which could see some of the world’s largest offshore wind turbines deployed in waters previously earmarked for oil and gas exploration. The company has a majority stake in an oil and gas exploration permit that covers an area of more than 8,600 square kilometres of Western Australian coastal waters, and the company believes the region could also serve as an ideal site for an offshore wind farm.The project could also draw upon a 160-hectare onshore site, as part of Pilot Energy’s existing operations at the site for the installation of a solar farm. Only one other large offshore wind project has been proposed for Australia, the 2,000MW Star of the South proposal in Victoria’s Gippsland, although it is still waiting for federal environmental approvals.Pilot Energy chairman Brad Lingo told Renew Economy that the Mid West project would be able to take advantage of high quality wind and solar resources, as well as drawing upon the work the company had previously undertaken to gain rights to oil and gas exploration at the site.Lingo added that the proposed project would be located close to the existing Three Springs substation, and would face no limitations on generation or network capacity, although Renew Economy suspect that some upgrades might be needed for a project of that size.Pilot Energy’s feasibility study will consider the deployment of up to 78 offshore wind turbines and could utilise some of the world’s largest wind turbines currently available, with a generation capacity of 14MW.[Michael Mazengarb]More: Huge 1,100MW offshore wind farm proposed in W.A. by oil explorer Oil exploration company Pilot Energy proposes 1,100MW offshore wind farm in Western Australialast_img read more