Statkraft seeks foreshore license

In: Windfarms
Statkraft has applied to the Irish Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for an investigative foreshore license for the 530 MW North Irish Sea Array wind farm (NISA), located 7.3 km from Rush, County Dublin.

Statkraft acquired the project in 2018 when it purchased Element Power Group’s Irish and UK operations. Prior to this, Gaelectric was leading project development and had conducted multiple site surveys and produced an EIA from a desktop study.

Statkraft hopes to conduct further site investigations to inform the engineering and detailed design of the wind farm in order to engage with the supply chain so as to participate in a Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction. Work includes geophysical, geotechnical, MetOcean, LiDAR, ecological and archaeological surveys, which will start from summer 2020 and will be phased over five years as the project reaches the construction stage.

Ireland has scheduled its first offshore wind auction for Q2 2021. The auction comes as the Irish Government set out the country’s clear commitment to reduce carbon emissions. In July 2019 it adopted a Climate Action Plan which specifies, among other things, to grow renewables in order to provide 70% of electricity generation by 2030. Offshore wind is expected to deliver at least 3.5 GW in support of reaching this target.

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