A proposal to build a wind farm on Gunns’ pulp mill site in northern Tasmania has been floated with the collapsed timber company’s receivers.
A company called Tamar Valley Renewables says it wants to buy the land on which Gunns had proposed to build the controversial $2.3 billion pulp mill.
TVR says it confirmed its interest in the site with Gunns receivers KordaMentha and administrator PPB Advisory this week.
Gunns’ inability to attract an investment partner to build the mill, at Bell bay north of Launceston, has been cited as one of the reasons for the company’s failure.
The permit to build the mill could still be sold to a developer but it is also the subject of a Supreme Court challenge from the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.
“The pulp mill permits are shrouded with uncertainty with the Supreme Court in Tasmania yet to determine if they have expired or not, so we feel like we are in a good position to acquire the land,” TVR director Martin May said in a statement.
“We have consulted with various individuals and organisations at a community and government level and have received widespread support for the project.”
Mr May said the site was well positioned for a wind farm, with on-site access to the electricity grid, proximity to the Basslink cable to the mainland and favourable wind conditions.
“The project has the capacity to position Tasmania as Australia’s leading alternative energy provider to Tasmania and the mainland,” he said.
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