Star of the South appoints new CEO

Charles Rattray. Photo: Contributed

Star of the South – Australia’s first offshore wind project – has announced Charles Rattray has been appointed as chief executive officer, commencing in August 2022.

The company said in a statement that Mr Rattray is a dynamic and respected senior leader in the energy and finance sectors, with experience across generation development, new technology and transmission.

In his most recent role as managing director for Nexif Energy, Mr Rattray oversaw energy projects through all stages of the project lifecycle including the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm and Snapper Point Gas Peaking Plant.

Mr Rattray succeeds Casper Frost Thorhauge, who served as Star of the South chief executive officer for 2.5 years until March 2022.

Erin Coldham is currently acting chief executive officer and will resume her role as chief development officer in August 2022.

Star of the South chairman Thomas Wibe Poulsen welcomed Mr Rattray aboard.

“We are pleased to have attracted Charles to lead the Star of the South team as the project continues to pave the way for an offshore wind industry in Victoria and Australia,” Mr Poulsen said.

“Charles joins at an exciting time – as federal legislation comes into effect enabling offshore wind projects and following a 9GW offshore wind target announced for Victoria.

“His experience working with new technologies and developing projects in the Australian market will strongly complement the specialist offshore wind expertise in the team.

“We look forward to welcoming Charles in August, when he will assume his new responsibilities, and I thank Erin Coldham for her leadership as acting CEO in the interim.”

Star of the South is a planned 2.2GW project, with up to 200 turbines off the Gippsland coast and underground cables connecting to the Latrobe Valley, to power up to 1.2 million homes.