SSE applies for permit to assess Irish sites' offshore wind suitability

First turbine of the Beatrice offshore wind park. Image by: SSE (www.sse.com).

July 8 (Renewables Now) - The renewables arm of UK utility SSE (LON:SSE) is seeking foreshore licences so it could assess the suitability of two sites in the Irish Sea for the possible development of about 1.6 GW of offshore wind.

More specifically, SSE Renewables wants to conduct geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveys of a prospect area off the coasts of Clogher Head in County Louth and Braymore Point in County Dublin, and another one off Bunmahon Bay in County Waterford and Bannow Bay in County Wexford. Each of the two sites has the potential to accommodate around 800 MW of offshore wind capacity, according to documents filed by SSE.

The planned work includes detailed mapping of nearshore shallow geological and seabed character, reconnaissance level mapping of seabed relief and features, and baseline environmental mapping.

SSE hopes that the foreshore licences will become effective on August 1, 2019.

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