DP Energy, Iberdrola hire enviro consultants for 1-GW offshore wind project off Ireland

An offshore wind turbine at sea. Image source: Iberdrola (www.iberdrola.com)

March 16 (Renewables Now) - Irish renewables developer DP Energy and Spanish utility group Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) have engaged three consultancies to evaluate the environmental impact of their proposed 1-GW Shelmalere offshore wind farm project off the coast of Ireland.

The project promoters said today that they have hired Irish engineering firm Fehily Timoney and Company as lead consultant, and UK’s Intertek Group Plc (LON:ITRK) and MarineSpace as partner consultants, tasking them to prepare a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR).

The three firms will examine the impact of the fixed-foundation wind farm development on the marine and land environment, and potential effects on commercial activities, cultural heritage, transport and aviation throughout the entire life-cycle.

DP Energy and Iberdrola propose to locate the Shelmalere wind farm in the waters off the coasts of Wicklow and Wexford. The project is currently in the early development stage, with operations seen by 2030, the duo said.

Shelmalere is one of three 1-GW offshore wind projects in Irish waters that DP Energy and Iberdrola are developing as joint venturers. The other two, Inis Ealga and Clarus, will use floating wind technology.

A month ago, DP Energy and Iberdrola announced they had hired Dutch firm Royal HaskoningDHV and UK’s Mott MacDonald to work as environmental consultants for the Inis Ealga project.

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