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Work proceeds on seven Irish offshore wind projects

Words: Roger Milne

Irish ministers this week designated seven offshore wind schemes as so-called ‘relevant projects’. 

This means that work on the schemes can proceed so they will be eligible to apply for permission under the new marine planning regime, due to be introduced by the Marine Planning and Development Management Bill, 2020.

The projects had either applied for or were granted a lease under the Foreshore Act 1933, or are eligible to be processed to receive a valid grid connection offer.

Under the new marine planning regime, these projects will apply for final development consent from An Bord Pleanála, which will organise opportunities for public consultation on the individual projects.

The projects approved are: 

  • Oriel Wind Park;
  • Innogy Renewables (2 projects Bray and Kish Banks);
  • Codling Wind Park (2 projects, Codling I and Codling II);
  • Fuinneamh Sceirde Teoranta (Skerd Rocks); and  
  • North Irish Sea Array Ltd.

The state’s climate action plan commits the administration to increasing offshore wind capacity to 3.5 gigawatts as part of an ambitious target of 70 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

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