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SSE Renewables remains committed to Arklow Bank Wind Park II

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 11/05/2023 SSE Renewables

SSE Renewables has reaffirmed its commitment to the future delivery of its proposed up to 800 MW
Arklow Bank Wind Park II offshore wind project, being developed off the coasts of County Wicklow and North Wexford in Ireland.  

This follows news today that the wholly owned SSE project did not secure a contract for renewable energy generation in Ireland’s first competitive auction for offshore wind, the Offshore Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (ORESS 1).

The up to 800 MW Arklow Bank Wind Park II is being developed in an area situated between 6 and 15 kilometres to the east of Arklow and is currently the most advanced offshore wind project being developed in Ireland. The project, which builds on the existing GE owned seven turbines that comprise the operational first phase of the wind park, would comprise between 36 and a maximum of 60 turbines situated on the Arklow Bank.  

Construction of Arklow Bank Wind Park II would require an investment of up to €2.5 billion and had been targeting first power in 2028 and completion in 2029, subject to securing a route to market and a final investment decision. Once operational the wind farm would also aim to deliver a multi million euro annual community fund.

SSE Renewables will now proceed to submit a planning application later this year to Ireland’s planning board, An Bord Pleanála, whilst it explores ORESS contracts and other routes to market.  

Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director of SSE Renewables, commented:

“While we are disappointed with the auction result, Arklow Bank Wind Park II is an important project in our offshore pipeline, and we remain committed to its delivery. We will now take time to assess the outcome of this result and the options available to us to secure a route to market for this project which, we believe, has a vital role to play in contributing to Ireland’s climate action targets, to Ireland’s homegrown energy security, and to the national and regional economy – in particular, to the economic wellbeing of County Wicklow and North Wexford."

The offshore wind energy that can be generated at Arklow Bank would have the potential to power almost 850,000 Irish homes each year and offset around 830 billion kilos of harmful carbon emissions annually, contributing significantly to Ireland’s climate action target of 5 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030.

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