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Local Partnership to Drive Offshore Wind Innovation

Ampcontrol signs Memorandum of Understanding with Australia’s most advanced offshore wind developer, Star of the South, as part of proposed Destiny Wind project.

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Australia’s most advanced offshore wind developer, Star of the South, is partnering with local business Ampcontrol as part of its proposed Destiny Wind project, to explore innovation opportunities and create local jobs as part of an offshore wind industry. 

Destiny Wind is a proposed offshore wind farm off the Hunter coast, led by the team behind Star of the South - Australia’s most advanced offshore wind project in Gippsland Victoria.

Ampcontrol is a global business with its head office in the Hunter, with over 800 local employees. Ampcontrol has more than 50 years of experience working within the energy, infrastructure, and resources industries.

The partnership will focus on innovations that could be used in the Hunter region and across Australia’s emerging offshore wind industry.

Both Ampcontrol and Destiny Wind are part of the 2024 Hunter New Energy Symposium this week. Destiny Wind Technical Development Director James Perry will be speaking on Thursday 22 February about the importance of building local capability for the success of projects like Destiny Wind in the Hunter and Star of the South in Gippsland.

Ampcontrol Managing Director and CEO Rod Henderson will also be speaking on Thursday 22 February about the capability of the Hunter Region to become a leading Australian energy manufacturing powerhouse. 

Destiny Wind Acting Project Director, Erin Coldham said the partnership with Ampcontrol is an example of how offshore wind can draw on the long and strong history of traditional energy generation in the region.

“This partnership is an easy decision for us - we need local businesses and suppliers like Ampcontrol be part of Australia’s offshore wind industry,” she said.

“We’ve identified some key collaboration areas from both a local and national perspective – it’s exciting to see what could be possible.

“Offshore wind would continue the long history of industry excellence in regional areas like the Hunter – local experience and know-how will play a big role in advancing this new Australian industry.”

Ampcontrol Managing Director and CEO, Rod Henderson said key industry partnerships play an important role when developing energy solutions of scale.

“Collaboration is essential to bring together the brightest minds so we can think radically to challenge the status quo and disrupt the future of energy,” he said.


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