Codling's Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report gets published

In: Windfarms

The Scoping Report for the onshore infrastructure elements of the
Codling wind farm, located off the coast of County Wicklow, has been published and sent to a list of consultees.

The Report covers the terrestrial elements (landfall, cabling and substation) of the Codling Wind Park project that extend inland from the Mean High-Water Mark. It sets out the proposed scope of work and methodologies to be applied in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and outlines the proposed structure of the EIA Report document.

The purpose of the Onshore Infrastructure Scoping Report is to engage with consenting authorities, statutory and non-statutory consultees as part of the EIA process, inviting them to provide relevant information and to comment on the proposed approach to the Codling Wind Park EIA, in order to ensure that a robust EIAR is submitted in support of the project’s planning application.

Comments on the Scoping Report are due before Monday, 28th June 2021. All responses will be considered in the development of a final published EIAR document.

Codling is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Renewables. With an expected total installed capacity of up to 1,500MW, the project is currently in the early development stages and throughout 2021 a range of offshore and onshore environmental and technical studies and site investigations will be undertaken.

The onshore and offshore planning applications are expected to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in late 2021 or early 2022, alongside a single Environmental Impact Assessment Report. Subject to all necessary permits and consents being received,
Codling could begin construction in 2024/25. Construction is expected to take two to three years to complete.

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