Ireland's DPEI eyeing 2026 start of 700-MW floating offshore wind farm

Map of the Inis Ealga project site off the coast of Ireland. Source: DP Energy (www.dpenergy.info)

March 30 (Renewables Now) - Renewables developer DP Energy Ireland Ltd (DPEI) is targeting a 2026 “in-the-water” start of its 700-MW floating wind farm off the coast of Cork and Waterford counties, the Irish Examiner reports.

The project, named Inis Ealga, is set to occupy an offshore zone about 54 kilometres (33.6 miles) in width between Dungarvan and Cork Harbour, covering an area of 925 square kilometres (357.1 sq miles).

DPEI has applied for a foreshore licence to examine the potential cable routes, wind farm layout and landfall areas, the Irish Examiner writes. The foreshore application has recently been submitted to public consultation which closes on April 10.

The Cork-based renewable energy developer has told the newspaper its aim is to secure a partner to develop Inis Ealga, a decision that will depend of the project’s approval.

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