Geotechnical survey scheduled for Arklow Bank Phase 2

The Irish Maritime Administration, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that a geotechnical survey will be undertaken in the Irish Sea (off the Wicklow coast) to provide site investigation information to facilitate the development of Arklow Bank Phase 2.

Weather depending, survey work is anticipated to start in either late August or early September 2020 and be completed by the end of November 2020. The survey activities will include approximately 15 boreholes which will be drilled at discrete locations within the hatched area.

The geotechnical survey work will be completed by the Geoquip using the vessel, the
Geoquip Saentis. This vessel is an 80 meter long dynamically positioned specialist survey vessel, with her current draught reported to be 5.1 meters and beam of 20 meters.

SSE's
Arklow Bank lease area is situated 13 km off the Co. Wicklow coastline, to the east of Arklow, and covers an area approximately 27 km long and 2.5k m wide. Phase One consists of seven turbines, with an overall capacity of 25.2 MW. It started operations in 2004. SSE anticipates that Arklow Bank Phase 2 will commence operations in 2025 and power around half a million homes each year with green energy.

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