Wind power project canned in Tassie, not economically viable


If Tasmania, with all its wind, can’t make a wind farm economically viable then no one can.

Hydro Tasmania has killed off a $2 billion wind farm planned for King Island.

The state-owned power generator said the project was not economically viable.

Hydro had planned to build a 600 megawatt wind farm on the island, with the power generated to be connected to the National Electricity Market via a high-voltage underwater cable across Bass Strait to Victoria. ?

The wind-farm was expected to produce 2400 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy for the national market, which is enough to supply around 240,000 homes.

Chief executive Steve Davy said changing economic conditions had seen the estimated capital costs for the wind farm alone increase by around $150 million.

“We have exhausted all avenues by which this concept could progress and now do not believe it appropriate to continue with the feasibility study,” he said.

“We will now focus our resources on further investigating the benefits and viability of a second inter-connector as outlined in the Tasmanian Government’s recent state budget.”

State Energy Minister Matthew Groom said Hydro had “done the right thing”.

“Hydro Tasmania has today made a commercial decision that they won’t be proceeding with the King Island Wind Farm proposal on the grounds that the proposal unfortunately has been found to be not economically viable,” he said.

The birds of King Island in Tasmania will be breathing a sigh of relief.