Offshore Wind.

From The Guardian:

Australia’s first offshore windfarm zone … will be on Victoria’s Gippsland coast, which environmental advocates have labelled a game-changer. “It is one of the most significant wind resources anywhere in the world,”the premier, Daniel Andrews, said, referring to powerful winds from the Bass Strait. The projects are expected to support more than 3,000 jobs over the next 15 years in the development and construction phases and an extra 3,000 ongoing operation jobs.

Sorry Dan, special vessels are required to install offshore wind, they are all in the northern hemisphere, they are in short supply and the bigger ships required for the latest offshore wind turbines are still under construction.

With just over 30 of these vessels navigating the world’s seas in 2020, according to Rystad, offshore wind projects already have to vie for time with a limited number of ships.

What could go wrong? 

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December 22, 2022 6:51 am

They don’t have to do it – just announce it – in order to earn greenie points.

December 22, 2022 7:27 am

Great point Rafe !

December 22, 2022 7:35 am
December 22, 2022 7:50 am

Australia’s first offshore windfarm zone

Its about time we stopped calling solar and wind collectors ‘farms’ and instead used a more accurate description, say ‘wind and solar FACTORIES’.

The left have been stealing and corrupting words for ages, time we did the same.

December 22, 2022 8:12 am

Or “wind mines” and “solar mines”.

December 22, 2022 10:08 am

The wind proponents are punting on wind being available offshore when it is not available on land. This is not a given. As with all things subject to the forces of nature there is nothing guaranteed and there will be times when there is a wind doldrum across the whole of Victoria and South Australia including the sea coast. The Labor government is gambling with the weather and our livelihoods. Just in case you weren’t aware, Vic coal was producing 80% of the state’s electricity at 8.30 am this morning and SA was importing nearly half its electricity needs via interconnectors from interstate coal fired generation.

December 22, 2022 12:43 pm

Sorry Dan, special vessels are required to install offshore wind, they are all in the northern hemisphere, they are in short supply and the bigger ships required for the latest offshore wind turbines are still under construction.

Maybe that’s why they’ve allowed 15 years for project completion?

’tis hoped Dan is well and truly gone by then.

December 22, 2022 1:45 pm

On roaring 40’s I’d say there’s more chance of wind speeds being too high than droughts especially in winter months. I’m unsure of the toll this would put on the engineering but having something spooled up to max for extended periods can’t be good for it.

Also the expertise for the job is in Europe. So how bout them jobs (which are likely to be wildly inflated anyway)?

December 22, 2022 1:47 pm

What could go wrong?

It already has.

At least one offshore windfarm that I have heard of has been destroyed by heavy seas/storms.

Dictator Dan is off with the fairies.

December 22, 2022 4:00 pm

Anyone done a count of how many of the “Apostles” are still standing?

The ocean gets pretty lively in that part of the world and there is a good reason the coast became notorious for its shipwrecks.

Just another “subsidy-mining” operation with prodigious potential for “spillage” to the usual suspects.

December 22, 2022 5:01 pm

There’s a couple of Dutch companies who specialise in this, primarily Van Oord and Boscalis. I have been on some of the installation vessels and they are impressive. You have the construction vessels and then the cable installation vessels, plus a bunch of support vessels. Then you need the smaller CATs to put the guys on and take them off the windmills each day. Very precise and tricky work, very skilled operators all round. No room for idiots of any kind.

Three syllables – MUA.

And the Dutch fucking hate working in Australian waters for that reason. Every time I met a Dutch skipper or engineer for the first time and they discovered I was Australian then it was a good twenty minutes of them demanding to know what the fuck was going on down in Aussie waters. And all I could say was that we are officially retarded.

And Chairman Dan thinks that he’s going to to get these guys to come down to Victoria? When there’s about eighty of these farms planned for the east coast of the USA off Boston waiting to be built? Ha-fucking-ha.

December 23, 2022 9:28 am

I am curious to know of the consequences when they shutter the various coal facilities. Will the average punter turn on the left and the environmentalists, when the average inner Melbournian or Sydney-sider has to start heating his baked beans at home on a camping stove? Answer: no. It is never the fault of policy or politicians.

Those who advocate de-growth policies will argue that this is the price to pay for “progess” which is a euphemism for regression. This is the outcome that the Ecological economics’ school wants. The real trick is when to know when we have achieved environmental victory. Whether it is 2030 or 2050, no one will know, but the de-growth, anti-capitalist policies will have done their work. But it may produce a conservative backlash in Australia sooner than that, when demand is greater than supply and kWh prices rocket.

Robert Sewell
December 28, 2022 5:39 pm

Any further news on the CIA plan to train Killer Whales to knock these bloody things down?

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