Cobra, Flotation Energy table plan for 2.5 GW of wind off Ireland

Arklow Bank Wind Park offshore wind farm, Ireland. Image by SSE.

July 27 (Renewables Now) - Spain’s Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios and UK-based developer Flotation Energy plc on Monday laid out plans for the construction of 2.5 GW of offshore wind parks in Irish waters.

Through their joint venture Offshore Wind Ltd (OWL), the partners intend to seek development approval for a 1-GW wind farm with bottom-fixed foundations off the coast near Dublin. The scheme will be dubbed Greystones. The second project, meanwhile, is proposed for a site off the southeastern coast of Ireland and calls for the installation of a 1.5-GW floating offshore wind park. It will be known as the Blackwater scheme.

The duo noted it hopes to obtain approval for the two sites once Ireland’s new legislative framework is in place.

In February, OWL was selected as one of the four winners in the UK Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4. Collectively, the four successful developers, taking part either individually or as part of consortia, were awarded close to 8 GW seabed rights. OWL secured 480 MW.

Cobra Group is also behind the development of the 50-MW Kincardine floating offshore wind project off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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