Wind farm in Bass Strait

Nick Toscano / The Sydney Morning herald

The developer of a large wind farm proposed off Victoria’s coast says the project could be operational in the next six years if state and federal governments draft efficient regulations for the fledgling industry and co-ordinate access to the grid.

Just days after the Albanese government began consultations on permitting wind projects in the waters off Victoria’s Gippsland region, Scotland-based Flotation Energy said it had determined its 1.5-gigawatt Seadragon wind project may be able to start supplying clean power sooner than the 2030 start date it had originally targeted.

If it proceeds, it will be one of the first offshore wind farms built in Australia.

Flotation Energy’s Australian managing director Tim Sawyer on Thursday declared that the company was “ready to deliver” on an expected $6 billion investment over the life of the Seadragon project, and called on government leaders to take lessons from established offshore wind industries elsewhere in the world.

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