Energia opens consultation for North Celtic Sea wind project

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 22/09/2021 Energia
Energia has opened up its first phase of public consultations on its proposed North Celtic Sea offshore wind farm. The project is proposed to be a minimum of 10km and up to 25km off the coast of Co. Waterford in the North Celtic Sea.  

This early public consultation takes place from 22nd September – 29th October and is the first in a series of opportunities for the public to meet the project team and learn about the project. An
online exhibition room is open which includes survey area maps, indicative photo illustrations, a project timeline, and other information on the project and our engagement with local and fishing communities.

Energia’s project team is holding a public webinar on Wednesday 13th October from 7pm-8pm and all are invited to attend to learn more about the project and ask questions. Click here to register. A recording of the webinar will also be made available online after the event. Information clinics will be held from 18th – 22nd October.

Launching the consultation, Eoin McPartland, Offshore Renewables Manager with Energia said: “The North Celtic Sea project will generate 100% green electricity and will make a positive contribution to decarbonising Ireland’s energy supply and reducing emissions – protecting the environment for current and future generations.

We recognise that many Irish coastal communities around our shores are coming to terms with offshore windfarm developments for the first time. Coastal communities in other countries following progressive decarbonisation agendas are already experiencing some of the local benefits that can arise from this type of development in the green economy. As a leading Irish energy provider, we are committed to ensuring all areas of the local economy can thrive in parallel with this development.

The North Celtic Sea project is at an early stage and this consultation is an opportunity to introduce the team and provide information. We’re very much looking forward to discussing this important project with people over the coming weeks and we welcome feedback which can shape the development of the North Celtic Sea project.”

The project team is currently undertaking offshore and onshore studies, to help determine site suitability and to inform the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and design process. Further periods of consultation will take place over the coming 18 months,where progress on the project will be shared.

Energia has also applied to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, for a foreshore licence to carry out surveys for this project.  This application is at an advanced stage and a licence is expected soon.

It is anticipated that a planning application for the North Celtic Sea project could be made in 2023, with a planning decision in 2024.

For more information on offshore wind farms worldwide, click here.