Simply Blue Group seeks views on Emerald scoping report

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 16/01/2023 Simply Blue Group
Simply Blue Group, headquartered in Cork, has launched a Virtual Public Consultation for the Emerald floating offshore wind project.

The project is located in the vicinity of the Kinsale gas fields, which are currently being decommissioned. The potential 1.3 GW project is to be installed between 35 km and 60 km south of the Old Head of Kinsale in Cork.

Work on the Emerald Offshore Wind project first commenced in 2020 and since then a programme has been undertaken to appropriately identify and assess the site and boundary selection for each element of the proposed infrastructure including offshore site, cable routes, onshore landing locations and substation locations.

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) scoping report describes the key elements of the Emerald Project, the baseline conditions, sensitivities of the receiving environment likely to be affected by the Emerald Project, as well as the studies and assessments proposed.

As well as a virtual exhibition, three in person public consultations will take place at the following locations in Cork.
Thursday 19th January 2023 – Temperance Hall, Kinsale from 2-8pm
Tuesday 31st January 2023 – Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh from 2-8pm
Thursday 2nd February 2023 – Aghada Community Hall, from 2-8pm

The scoping report provides an opportunity for stakeholder engagement, with feedback sought from the public to further inform the content and scope of the EIAR. The EIA scoping report is now available for virtual public consultation and can be accessed
SimplyBlue – Virtual Exhibition.

Speaking about the Emerald Offshore Wind Project, Val Cummins, Project Managing Director said: “We are committed to engaging with all our stakeholders and communities at each stage of the project and we would encourage stakeholders to participate in the consultation of the scoping report. We believe this is a very exciting project which delivers on Simply Blue Group’s commitment to creating new economic opportunities for coastal communities and developing projects that co-exist with sustainable fisheries and marine conservation. We look forward to engaging and receiving feedback over the coming weeks.”

The consultation will remain open until 16th March 2023.