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Hastings port seen as ‘key’ link to offshore power

THE Port of Hastings is the preferred port to support offshore wind energy projects.

The State Government’s Navigating our Port Futures – Victorian Commercial Ports strategy identifies suitable land in Hastings to support the industry.

The government is providing early stage investment in the redevelopment of Hastings Port to support the establishment of the offshore wind sector, with Hastings providing the opportunity for construction, manufacturing and research businesses to locate on land already zoned for these purposes .

On its website, the Port of Hastings Corporation says the port has land adjacent to naturally deep shipping channels and has large, appropriately zoned land that could be developed to support the emerging offshore wind sector, including manufacturing. local.

The preference for Hastings Port comes after evaluating and comparing the viability of various ports to deliver to offshore wind targets.

Premier Daniel Andrews said offshore wind will be a key part of Victoria’s clean energy future, which sets ambitious targets of 2GW of offshore generation by 2032, 4GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035 and 9 GW by 2040.

The government projects that the state’s wind resources could support up to 6,100 jobs – 3,100 over 15 years during the development and construction phases, and an additional 3,000 ongoing jobs during operation.

The area of ​​Hastings Harbor identified for redevelopment is the Old Tyabb reclamation area, between Esso’s Long Island Point plant and BlueScope Steel. The development would require new buildings and berths.

Development of the port will progress in consultation with the community and will be subject to an environmental impact statement, as the port is recognized as a Ramsar listed wetland.

The Department of Transport will manage the community and industry consultation process which is expected to begin later this year.

First published in the Mornington News – November 1, 2022