A Copenhagen Energy company
Samphire Offshore Wind
We seek to develop an offshore wind farm that will provide green electricity for West Australian homes and businesses.
The Samphire Offshore Wind Farm, if approved by the State and Federal authorities, will be located from 10km to 44km off the coast in an area 60km to 120km north of Perth.
The exact location of the turbines has not yet been defined. This will be selected as a result of further technical and environmental assessments, aligned with stakeholder and community feedback.
Samphire Offshore Wind is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Copenhagen Energy, a Danish renewable energy developer with significant cumulative experience in delivering offshore and onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) developments in Denmark, Ireland, Italy, and the Philippines.
We are proposing to develop, construct, operate, and decommission a world-class offshore wind farm in an area within Commonwealth waters 60km to 120km north of Perth between Two Rocks and Lancelin.
Over the past few years, we have increased our public presence within the region in order to accommodate to community needs and concerns. We will continue a wide range of offshore and onshore studies to better understand the potential impacts (environmental, social and economic) and will endeavor to get to know the local community in which we will be developing our windfarm.
About the Project
We are proposing to develop, construct, operate, and decommission and ultimately decommission a world-class offshore wind farm in an area within commonwealth waters 60km to 120km north of Perth between Two Rocks and and Lancelin.
The wind farm will support Australia’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent
by 2030, as well as the State Government’s target of enhanced climate resilience and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The wind farm will have up to 200 turbines and substations within Commonwealth waters. Up to 3GW of generated electricity will be brought onshore through State waters at one of two locations, either between Ledge Point and Seabird, or north of Two Rocks.
Once onshore, the power will be transmitted by underground and/or overhead cables to a load centre or electricity grid connection point.
Once commissioned, the wind farm will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for up to 50 years.
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Offshore wind is a significant opportunity
1: Study performed by Wind Denmark shows that 4,900 direct and 9,600 indirect jobs are created for every GW of offshore power
2: 700 g/kWh to 150 g/kWh; WA to DK -Source:www.climateactive.org.au
Offshore wind is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade and is one of the pillars towards a net-zero society.
Our research indicates that Western Australia is at a critical supply challenge where major investment in its electricity network infrastructure is required for the South West Interconnecting System to meet the challenges of the energy transition. Our project provides opportunities to support such upgrades and facilitate development within the region.
From 2020, renewables such as large-scale offshore windfarms to supplement both utility-scale and distributed energy needs have been discussed by organizations such as the Australian Energy Market Operator.
Samphire Offshore Wind is hoping to be part of the solution.
Meet the Team
As it stands today, the Samphire Offshore Wind Farm will be the biggest in the world in terms of power generation. We bring considerable experience working across environmentally sensitive areas in global projects and we have a vision to help WA fast track its path to decarbonising and easing reliance on fossil fuels.
Reports developed all over the world are stressing the need to quickly reduce emissions to stop the impacts of climate change. We want to be part of this journey in helping Australia hit net-zero targets.
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Based on previous economic studies by Wind Denmark, we anticipate 14,500 jobs during construction. This includes 5,000 direct jobs and another 9,500 indirect jobs for every 1GW of power.
During operation we expect the project to employ 200 as well as more indirect employment.
Our mission as a company will only be fulfilled when we have zero emissions globally and when the climate crisis is combatted.
Working with us means working toward a sustainable future. We understand that the Western Australian workforce has significant experience in heavy industry. This brings us confidence that you will have transferrable skills that we can draw from and train up.
We seek to support local businesses through direct and indirect contracts to build on the economic prosperity for the region.
Health and Safety
The wind turbine industry generally has an excellent safety record. All personnel that will be employed directly or indirectly will require thorough training to ensure they are proactive about creating and maintaining a ‘zero injuries or harm’ safety culture. We will invest in safety equipment and practices and keep up to date with the latest industry practices and track our safety performance.
Protecting the natural environment and mitigating environmental impacts is central to our proposal. We will conduct thorough environmental impact studies and apply the most stringent mitigation applications to preserve the local marine and onshore environment. Wind is a green technology, engaged across the globe to mitigate adverse environmental effects of carbon emissions. Australia is seeking to engage in renewable energy sources, and this project could assist Australia meet its environmental targets through responsible energy practices.
In addition to engaging leading environmental scientists to undertake rigorous research to determine potential environmental impacts, we will also research opportunities for cost-effective innovation and development opportunities to minimize wildlife, marine and biological impacts.
Our stringent approach to environmental management will be required to meet statutory, regulatory and administrative requirements across both Australia’s State and Federal environmental agencies.
During engineering, construction and maintenance, Samphire Offshore Wind Farm will implement a stringent Quality Management System, aligned IS09001. This will assist to monitor and assure conformance of facility installation with all applicable design, engineering and installation standards and criteria. ISO9001 represents a systematic management approach for planning, implementing, verifying, and documenting construction to ensure the project satisfies technical, administrative and quality objectives.
The Traditional Owners of the area, the Wudjuk and Yued Peoples of the Noongar Nation, have a deep spiritual connection with ‘sea country’, or the ocean. We are committed to working with representatives of the Traditional Owners to ensure all important sites are identified and disturbance is avoided.
Preserving Maritime history
There are 14 shipwrecks along the coast between Lancelin and Two Rocks covering more than 330 years of maritime history that are protected under Federal legislation.
Two of these shipwrecks fall within our study area — the Venus, which sunk in 1923, and the Gild Dragon, which sunk in 1656. The Gild Dragon was the first of the Dutch and English East India ships found off the WA coast, in 1963.
Another two wrecks are in the vicinity of the study area, the Vile de Rouen, which sunk in 1901 and is 970m east of the study area, and the Villalta, which sunk in 1896, and is 3km south of the northern cable corridor.
With careful planning, these sites can be avoided.
The size of the development area has been chosen to allow the flexibility to determine the final project area after taking local issues into account.
Fishing and offshore wind
Co-existing with local fishing activities
We will continue a wide range of offshore and onshore studies to better understand the environmental, social, and economic impacts of our project.
We will work with the local community to understand their concerns and how we can develop the project in response.
In other parts of the world, recreational and professional fishing activities and wind farms co-exist and we want to establish a local model.
There is mounting international evidence to suggest offshore wind farms promote an increase in marine species in the area.
We will be working with regulators, professional and recreational fishing groups to determine the best outcome for operators and the project.
It is highly likely that there will be a small exclusion zone around each turbine and transfer station during construction and operation to ensure community and maritime safety.
Pioneering the offshore renewables approvals process
Samphire Offshore Wind seek to develop a project in harmony with local values, heritage and environment. The project will go through comprehensive Commonwealth and State environmental assessments before it can be approved and constructed. The primary aims of this process are to provide a detailed description of the project and to identify all potential environmental impacts. These assessments will also outline mitigation measures that will be taken to avoid or minimise these impacts. Throughout these processes we will encourage input from local communities to discuss their concerns and have a say on how the project is designed and implemented.
The project will also need to obtain a range of licences and approvals under the new Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021. The Australian Government is developing the regulatory framework to support the legislation. As the Government defines this process we will ensure that local communities and interested parties are kept informed.
Where are we at?
The Samphire Offshore Wind project was referred to the Australian Government (Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water) in July 2022 under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This is a key piece of environmental legislation that provides protection of the environment, especially matters of national environmental significance. The Minister for the Environment assessed the project as a controlled action, to be assessed by an Environmental Impact Statement. The project will be referred to the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) in due course.
Following these referral assessments by the Commonwealth and State Governments, the project will begin an extensive range of technical studies. These studies will be conducted by specialists within each field and designed to identify all potential environmental and social impacts for which commensurate management measures will be assigned. We welcome community input to these studies so that local concerns, interests and suggestions are considered.