Bureau Veritas to certify Arklow Bank 2 wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 18/01/2023 Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas has been tasked with the Project Certification of
Arklow Bank Phase 2 wind farm project off the East coast of Ireland at Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

Bureau Veritas will be responsible for providing project certification during the design phase covering the wind turbines, foundations, towers and sub-stations according to the international standards. The UK and Ireland’s clean energy champion, SSE Renewables, awarded the contract to Bureau Veritas.

Mauricio Pereira, Head of Renewable Energy Bureau Veritas commented: "It’s an exciting time for our renewables team as we are continually working hard to grow and develop our leading division. We are thrilled to be working with SSE Renewables to help ensure the safety, quality and performance of Arklow Bank Wind Farm Phase 2 through our trusted certification process.

"We have a specialist team of offshore wind professionals with vast experience and leading knowledge of regulatory requirements, who are looking forward imparting their expertise across every aspect of the design, construction and operation of Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2."

"We are delighted to partner with Bureau Veritas who will manage Project Certification during the development phase of the project. Safety is a core value at SSE Renewables, and it is critical that the highest standards are met and maintained in line with all regulatory requirements,"
said John O'Sullivan, Project Manager, SSE Renewables.

SSE Renewables is expected to invest up to €2.5 billion to deliver the project and, under current planning timelines, is expected to deliver first power in 2028 and completion in 2029, subject to a final investment decision. Up to 62 wind turbines and two offshore substation platforms will be developed as part of the project. The developers are targeting delivery of up to 800 MW of installed offshore wind energy under the Irish Government’s new Maritime Area Planning (MAP) Act process. It has the potential to power almost 850,000 homes each year.

The project is one of Ireland’s first projects to secure Maritime Area Consents (MACs) which were granted by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, back in December. The project also holds consents for its Onshore Grid Infrastructure (OGI) and Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) at South Dock, Arklow Harbour.  

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