Statkraft has selected Denmark-based engineering consultancy COWI to serve as owner’s engineer for the North Irish Sea Array (NISA) offshore wind farm, which the Norwegian state-owned renewables generator is developing in Ireland.
COWI said on Tuesday it will help Statkraft prepare a bid for Ireland’s first offshore competition under the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (ORESS-1). They intend to submit the application by the end of this year, with the auction planned to take place in the first half of 2023.
The NISA scheme has the potential to produce enough power for more than 500,000 homes.
COWI’s scope of work will include foundation concept design, electrical design, construction, operations and maintenance (O&M) port assessment and cost model development. In a challenging market environment, including rising materials costs and pressures to boost renewables, there will be a focus on the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE), according to the announcement.