Tasmanian Government unveils plans for biggest wind farm in Southern Hemisphere

THE Tasmanian Government last week unveiled a $2 billion plan to build the biggest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere on King Island.

Premier Lara Giddings said investigations were underway to build a 200-turbine wind farm and sell the power into the Victorian electricity grid via an underwater cable across Bass Strait.

While the project is still in its early stages, Ms Giddings said the government supported the TasWind concept developed by Hydro Tasmania and looked forward to the project proceeding to the full feasibility stage.

"We are looking at the biggest single infrastructure project in Tasmania's history," Ms Giddings said, adding that the project would also provide hundreds of millions of dollars a year in extra revenue to the state.

Ms Giddings said the project is likely to require significant upgrading of King Island's road and port infrastructure.

"It would also be a key step towards the State Government's long term strategic goal to build a second Basslink electricity cable, linking King Island to both Victoria and the Tasmanian mainland," she said.

Deputy Premier Bryan Green said the wind farm could generate enough energy to power 240,000 homes and provide an estimated $220 million a year in revenue to the State.

"The work Hydro has done so far indicates TasWind is broadly feasible from a technical, economic and environmental perspective," he said.

Community forums will begin next month and run until February and Mr Green said a decision on whether to proceed to the full feasibility stage would be made by April next year.

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