Statkraft seeks foreshore licence for 530-MW Irish offshore wind project

Offshore wind turbines. Source: LICengineering (www.liceng.dk).

February 12 (Renewables Now) - Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS has submitted an application for a foreshore licence needed to undertake marine survey work regarding an up-to-530-MW wind project off the coast of Ireland.

North Irish Sea Array Windfarm Ltd (NISA), a fully-owned unit of Statkraft Ireland Ltd, wants to conduct a marine survey of an 226.9-sq-km (87.61 sq mile) area located in the north-west Irish sea about 7-17 km (4.35-10.56 miles) off the coast of counties Louth, Meath and north county Dublin.

The company says in a report that it held initial engagement with stakeholders, including Bord Iascaigh (BIM), the National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF) and the relevant Regional Inland Fishery Forums in this area.

The Foreshore Licence Map can be found here.

UK-based Element Power took over the development of the NISA offshore wind project, then planned with a maximum capacity of 750 MW, in the spring of 2018. Later that year, Statkraft bought the Irish and UK onshore wind development operations of Element Power, along with NISE.

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