Dublin Array applies for a Foreshore Licence

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 24/11/2021 Dublin Array

Dublin Array project team have applied for a licence to carry out further marine surveys at the wind farm site. The application for a Foreshore Licence has been made to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and is open to public submissions until 17.30 on December 17th.

The licence will allow the Dublin Array team to carry out marine geophysical, geotechnical and ecological surveys. These will help determine the detailed design of the proposed wind farm and the optimal construction approach. The license, if granted, is not a planning consent that allows the project to be constructed. It is only a licence to survey.

The Dublin Array project team are hoping to finalise the planning stage design of the project in 2022. As part of this process the team plan to hold another extensive phase of public consultation. After this, a development consent (i.e. planning permission) application will be submitted, most likely towards end of 2022 subject to the proposed new planning system under the Maritime Area Planning legislation being in place at that time. There will then be a further opportunity for public engagement and comment.

The Dublin Array is a project on the Kish and Bray banks, approximately 10 km off the east coast of Ireland, immediately south of Dublin. These are naturally occurring sandbanks which the east coast commercial shipping routes avoid due to the shallowness of the water, thereby presenting a location for potential development.

The project is a joint venture between RWE Renewables Ireland and Saorgus Energy, with RWE leading the development. Proximity to Dublin, which is the major electricity demand centre, means that the project can be a source of renewable electricity for the city and the surrounding region. The 1 GW project will be located within an area of 54 km2 in water depths ranging from 2-30 metres.

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