Environmental Studies & Permitting

Environmental Studies

Myalup Offshore Wind Farm is working with a number of government agencies and independent specialists to fully investigate the environmental impacts of the project. As part of this process, we will be carrying out rigorous environmental impact and feasibility studies. These studies will involve extensive data collection on water and on land and are not expected to be completed until 2024.

Permitting

Myalup Offshore Wind Farm is working with a number of government agencies and independent specialists to fully investigate the environmental impacts of the project. As part of this process, we will be carrying out rigorous environmental impact and feasibility studies. These studies will involve extensive data collection on water and on land and are not expected to be completed until 2027.

The Myalup Offshore Wind farm was referred to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (WA EPA) on 2 April 2021. After public submissions on the referral, a decision was made to assess the proposal through a Public Environmental Review process. The Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) was approved by the WA EPA on 30 November 2021.

The Federal Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) is responsible for regulating offshore wind development in Commonwealth waters and the Minister for Climate Change and Energy is declaring suitable areas for offshore wind development. For any offshore windfarm in Commonwealth waters, all wind turbines will need to be situated within the final Declared Zone for offshore wind development. This means that the final shape and area for any windfarms in Commonwealth waters will be governed by the Federal Government’s Offshore Wind Zone Declaration process.

The environmental study requirements for the originally proposed State waters project were established by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (WA EPA) in the Environmental Scoping Document. As the project will no longer consider turbines in State waters, this Environmental Scoping Document will be revised under advice from the WA EPA. The existing EPBC [Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation] referral is currently in State waters, however this will be amended in due course. This is in line with the Minister for Climate Change and Energy’s Offshore Wind Zone Declaration process.

After award of the Feasibility Licence, the detailed environmental impact assessment process will begin. An extensive baseline monitoring and sampling program will be implemented to support the impact assessment process. The process of collecting and processing the relevant baseline information is expected to take several years to complete. The results of the baseline monitoring and impact assessment process will be reported to the EPA and DCCEEW. The results will be subject to public review prior to deciding whether to approve the project.

For more information on the project, or to discuss any aspect of the Environmental Permitting process more, please contact the Project Team.

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