Hydro Tasmania is currently undertaking initial pre-feasibility assessments, including exploring planning approvals, environmental and landscape impacts, regulations, location, design, costs, funding opportunities, issues and community support for the project.
Hydro Tasmania chose to announce the TasWind project at concept stage, rather than as a fully scoped project. This is an uncommon approach, but we chose to do this so we could involve the King Island community right from the start. Taking this approach means that some of the information that we will eventually rely on in developing the project is not yet available.
Before proceeding with a full feasibility assessment, Hydro Tasmania needs to understand the level of support in the King Island community for the proposal.
June 2013: Initial community support will be assessed following extensive stakeholder and community consultation, and culminating in a community survey in early June 2013.
Mid-2013: Hydro Tasmania will assess the outcomes of preliminary investigations and community consultation to determine whether TasWind will proceed to a full feasibility process. This will involve a decision by the Board of Hydro Tasmania.
2013 – 2015: The full feasibility stage would take around two years to complete and would involve detailed environmental investigations, wind monitoring, stakeholder and community consultation and economic assessments. Read more about what is involved in a feasibility process.
2015 – 2016: If the project is found to be feasible, and has the support of the King Island community, work will begin to achieve the range of regulatory approvals that are required for a project of this nature.
2017: If TasWind continues to have the support of the King Island community, and achieves all necessary approvals, construction could begin in 2017 and would take around two years to complete.