Recruitment agency Atlas Professionals and Star of the South are going to perform a study on the availability of labour and vessel resources for Australia’s proposed first offshore wind farm, Star of the South.
Star of the South is being developed by the original Australian developers who founded the project in 2012 and international infrastructure developer Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).
On 29 March 2019, the Commonwealth Government granted Star of the South an exclusive exploration license to investigate the technical feasibility of constructing wind turbines in the ocean off the south coast of Gippsland, Victoria. The up to 2200MW wind farm would generate enough green electricity to supply about eighteen per cent of the state of Victoria’s electricity requirements.
The report by Star of the South and Atlas Professionals will analyse the availability of the required labour during the development, construction and maintenance phase of the Star of the South project adn the necessity to upgrade and/or train available manpower.
In addition, the report will focus on the requirements for specialist vessels during the development, construction and maintenance phase of the project. These requirements will be analysed against the availability of vessels (existing and new to be build) and the competition for specialised vessels with other future offshore projects in Australia and the broader region.
Edgare Kerkwijk, Strategic Director Renewables APAC at Atlas Professionals is enthusiastic about the collaboration: “We are excited to work together with Star of the South and be part of the development of Australia’s first offshore wind project. Since starting our renewable energy activities earlier this year, we have managed to get engagements in Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan. This is evidence that the regional offshore wind market is growing rapidly and the need for skilled manpower is growing equally fast.” Source: Atlas Professionals