This week, the Irish government announced that seven offshore projects will be fast-tracked through the planning and permitting process to help the country meet its 3.5-GW installation goal by 2030.

These are offshore wind projects that either applied for or were granted a lease under the Foreshore Act 1933, or offshore wind projects that are eligible to be processed to receive a valid grid connection offer.

The announcement of the transition of these projects means that they can continue to work and update a number of aspects of their projects so that they will be in a position to apply under the new marine planning regime, once enacted, which will be introduced by the Marine Planning and Development Management Bill, 2020.

BBN spoke today with Petrus (Peter) Bouwhuis, CEO of XELLZ B.V. who will establish an offshore wind supply base in Ireland through his offshore services subsidiary 24shore and XELLZ Ireland. “These are the windfarm projects we were hoping to serve and support with Rosslare Europort Business Park (EBP) in the Irish and Celtic Sea.”

Bouwhuis continues, “This is great news for Ireland and ties in with the overall Rosslare Port Masterplan to be the gateway for the development of Offshore Wind Energy in Ireland.”

The projects that have been approved are:

  • Oriel Wind Park,
  • Innogy Renewables, (2 projects Bray and Kish Banks),
  • Codling Wind Park, (2 projects, Codling I and Codling II),
  • Fuinneamh Sceirde Teoranta, (Skerd Rocks),
  • North Irish Sea Array Ltd, (North Irish Sea Array)

The Climate Action Plan commits to increasing Ireland’s offshore wind capacity to 3.5GW as part of its overall ambition to reach 70% renewable energy by 2030.

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