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Tasmanian waters earmarked for wind energy zone

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The Bass Strait region has been chosen as a proposed offshore wind energy zone.

The area has been named as one of the top options for offshore wind energy generation in the country by the national Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre and was chosen by Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen.

Officials say North East Tasmania has consistently higher and stronger winds than other locations in the country.

If built, Nexsphere’s planned Bass Offshore Wind Energy project for North-East Tasmania would generate up to 1000 megawatts.

It would be enough energy to power 325,000 homes with clean and affordable energy.

Workers would be building 35 to 70 turbines, around 30 kilometres off shore.

Energy Minister Guy Barnett says the development of Tasmania’s offshore wind energy potential complements Marinus Link, Battery of the Nation and our plans to supply renewable energy for a green hydrogen industry to be based out of the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone.

"The Commonwealth Government will announce further details around their public consultation process for the proposed Bass Strait offshore wind energy zone in Tasmania," Mr Barnett said.