Six maritime area consents (MACs) for offshore wind projects have been granted by Ireland, allowing them to participate in the country’s first offshore wind auction targeting 2.5 GW.
The successful projects include the 370-MW Oriel Wind Park jointly developed by Parkwind NV and ESB, RWE’s Bray and Kish Banks with a planned capacity between 600 MW and 900 MW, Codling Wind Park consisting of two projects — Codling I and Codling II, Skerd Rocks by Fuinneamh Sceirde Teoranta, Arklow Bank II by SSERenewables, and North Irish Sea Array by Statkraft.
The consents were issued after a thorough examination of each of the projects in terms of financial and technical competency. The multibid assessment procedure was launched earlier this year and evaluated all projects to ensure that the most viable would be selected. Projects with a MAC award were granted permission to take part in Ireland’s first offshore wind tender, the Offshore Renewable Energy Support Scheme (ORESS), and to apply for development seek from the country’s independent planning body An Bord Pleanala. The holders of the consents must obtain a route to market for their project by the end of December 2025.
In November, the Irish government approved the auction terms and conditions.
Source: Renewables Now
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