Kingston 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 or early 2025.
The Kingston Offshore Wind Farm has submitted preliminary scoping reports to State and Federal agencies in 2021. The State and Federal Governments have indicated that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be required under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act (SA, 2016), and that a Controlled Action is triggered under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act (Cth, 1999). This means that the environmental impact assessment work will be guided by the State Planning Commission (SPC), Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) and the inputs from different stakeholders and the public.
The completion of environmental and feasibility studies is expected to take around 2 years to complete, before they are submitted to the State Planning Commission for assessment and public review.