Enviro consultants named for 1-GW floating wind project off Ireland

Offshore wind park. Author: Tim Collins. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

February 17 (Renewables Now) - Irish renewables developer DP Energy and Spanish utility group Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) have hired two engineering consultancies to draw up an environment impact statement (EIS) for their planned 1-GW floating offshore wind project off Ireland’s south coast.

In a joint statement on Thursday, the developer duo said that they have appointed Dutch firm Royal HaskoningDHV as lead consultant and UK’s Mott MacDonald as a partner consultant, enlisting them to produce a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR).

Royal HaskoningDHV and Mott MacDonald will work on the proposed Inis Ealga Marine Energy Park project, one of three 1-GW offshore wind developments that the DP Energy-Iberdrola joint venture (JV) is promoting off the coast of the Emerald Isle.

The consultancies were given a job to examine the potential impact of the Inis Ealga project on the marine and land life throughout the entire life-cycle of the floating wind farm, and the effects it might have on the community’s commercial activities and cultural heritage.

The Inis Ealga project is still in its early development stage. DP Energy and Iberdrola expect the wind farm to be operational by 2030, they said.

The two companies formed a JV partnership in early 2021, when the Spanish group took a majority stake in DP Energy’s 3-GW offshore wind pipeline, consisting of the Inis Ealga, Clarus and Shelmalere projects. The proposal for Clarus includes the use of floating wind technology, while Shelmalere is supposed to have fixed foundations.

In January 2022, the partners opened an office in Cork City to promote their projects.

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