RPS has been appointed principal consultant for the proposed 1GW Spinifex Offshore Wind Farm in the SoutheOcean region off the Victorian and South Australian coastlines.
Alinta Energy is exploring the potential for the Spinifex offshore wind development to supply green energy to the Portland Aluminium Smelter and east coast electricity grid.
If approved, the estimated $4 billion project could result in one of Australia's first aluminium smelters to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. The project will also help decarbonise Victoria's electricity grid.
RPS' Practice Lead, Greg Harrison says it's exciting to be part of such an important project in Victoria's energy transition.
"We're looking forward to working with the Spinifex team and undertaking a variety of project development activities during the regulatory approvals phase.
"As the principal consultant, we'll work on the feasibility licence application, marine environmental baseline surveys, and a range of planning and environmental technical studies as well as Commonwealth and Victorian Government environmental approval processes.
"Our experienced multi-disciplinary team includes marine scientists, approvals experts, planners, communications and engagement specialists and will also have project management capability."
The environmental and technical studies, Greg says will provide crucial information for the planning and design of the project.
"The findings from our work will help inform project decision making including mitigation measures to help minimise impacts to the onshore and offshore environments.
"And more broadly, these project development activities will contribute to the establishment of an environmentally responsible and sustainable offshore wind industry in Victoria."
RPS will begin work immediately on the Spinifex project.
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