Cobra and Flotation Energy reveal Irish wind plans

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 26/07/2021 Flotation Energy
Offshore Wind Ltd (OWL) - a joint venture between Spanish company Cobra and the UK’s Flotation Energy plc - has announced plans to develop two major wind farms in Ireland.

The first is the Greystones projec,t which is a 1 GW fixed bottom wind farm, located off the Irish coast, near Dublin. The second is a 1.5 GW floating wind array named Blackwater, which is located off the south east coast of Ireland. The company is hoping to secure consent for the sites once Ireland’s new legislative framework is in place.

A spokesperson in OWL said: “Following on our success in the UK, we are keen to enter the Irish market. We know that the Irish Government is strongly committed to its renewable targets and sees the opportunity for the country to become a world leader in offshore wind.

“We are excited to take this major step into Ireland. Our experience in delivering the world’s largest floating project - the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm - gives us invaluable knowledge and will be crucial to progressing quickly and making these projects a success. We look forward to working with local stakeholders to make these projects a reality. Our target is to be delivering power to the Irish grid before 2030.”

The move marks a major push by OWL into the fast-growing Irish market. It follows the joint venture’s recent success in the UK Round 4 auction, where it was one of the four winning bidders.