Oriel Windfarm looks to carry out further studies
Oriel Windfarm Limited is applying for a Foreshore Licence to carry out further studies at the site of the proposed offshore wind farm in waters off the coast of Co. Louth, to the east of Dundalk Bay. The Licence, if granted by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, would allow Oriel Windfarm to carry out studies which will help shape the final design of the windfarm. These studies will include detailed assessment of the seabed using geophysical survey equipment and geotechnical borehole drilling at each of the proposed turbine locations.
The proposed Oriel Windfarm will have a generation capacity of up to 375 MW. It is being developed by Parkwind and ESB. The project will significantly reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions, while also reducing our reliance on imported fossil fuels such as coal and gas. The project will create enough electricity to power 300,000 homes. The project will also deliver significant local economic and community benefit to the North East Region.
With the publication of the Maritime Area Planning Bill, which is currently being discussed in Leinster House, the process under which Oriel Windfarm will make its application for planning permission is becoming clearer. It is now likely that Oriel Windfarm will apply for planning permission to build the wind farm and connection in the second half of 2022. In advance of this, there will be a further round of public engagement.
Details of the licence application are to be found on the Department’s website at www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-housing-local-government-and-heritage/
For further information please contact:
Joe Heron 0876909735 or
Jackie Phelan 083 8597874