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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