Codling developers submit Maritime Area Consent application


Developers of the
Codling Wind Park have taken another step forward with the submission of its application for a Maritime Area Consent (MAC) to the Irish Government. The wind farm is being developed by Codling Wind Park Ltd (CWPL), a 50/50 joint venture between Fred. Olsen Seawind and EDF Renewables.

The MAC is a new regulatory requirement for marine-based projects, which came into effect following the enactment of the Maritime Area Planning Act in December 2021. If the application is successful, it will allow the project to compete in the first Offshore Renewable Electricity Scheme (ORESS) auction, which is due to open later this year, and to submit a planning application to An Bord Pleanála.

The project has also announced changes to its management team, with the partners – EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Seawind – becoming more directly involved in the day-to-day running of what is a strategically important project for both companies.

Thomas Gellert, currently Senior VP Project Execution at Fred. Olsen Seawind, and Scott Sutherland, Head of Offshore Wind at EDF Renewables, have been appointed as co-project directors. They will take up their joint leadership role straight away, with former director Arno Verbeek continuing as a senior advisor to the partners.

Thomas Gellert commented: “Ireland is a hugely important market for Fred. Olsen Seawind and Codling Wind Park is our flagship project. I am excited to be joining such a successful team and look forward to not only delivering one of the largest energy infrastructure investments in Ireland this decade but to helping the country realise its potential and become a world leader in offshore wind.”

Scott Sutherland said: “EDF Renewables is already very active in Ireland, across onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and battery storage. It is a strategically important market, to which we are fully committed. Our total focus now is on progressing the Codling Wind Park project through the ORESS auction and into planning. The submission of our MAC application is another step in this process.”

Codling is expected to span an area of around 125 km2, approximately 13-22 kilometres off the County Wicklow coast, between Greystones and Wicklow Town. The project is anticipated to have an installed capacity of 900-1,500 MW and use up to 140 wind turbine generators (WTG). A planning application is expected to be submitted in the first half of 2022.
Subject to all necessary permits and consents being received, Codling Wind Park could begin construction in 2024/25, and is expected to take two to three years to complete.

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