RWE, one of the world’s leading offshore wind companies, has welcomed the granting of Marine Area Consent (MAC) by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications for the Dublin Array offshore wind farm project.
The project is a proposed offshore wind farm to be located on Kish Bank and Bray Bank, approximately 10 kilometers off the coast of South County Dublin and Wicklow. The project is being developed by RWE in partnership with Saorgus Energy and is still in the design stage. It includes 45 to 61 wind turbines capable of generating 600 to 900 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy.
Sven Utermohlen, CEO of Wind Offshore RWE Renewables, said: “We warmly welcome the granting of this offshore consent for the Dublin Array, which brings this nationally important wind farm another critical step closer to delivery. The Dublin Array will be a sustainable source of clean, green renewable electricity for the Irish market. The granting of the MAC means Dublin Array can now move into the final planning stages of the project in 2023 and submit a planning application to An Bord Pleanála. We look forward to continuing to engage with the community as we finalize our planning phase design. “
The Dublin Array project was originally known as the Kish Bank and Bray Bank wind farm development. It has the potential to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions by 1.5 million tonnes per year and significantly reduce the state’s use of imported fossil gas. The proposed wind farm would generate enough energy to power approximately 840,000 homes during peak production.
In Ireland, developers of offshore wind farms must have approval from the Maritime Authority to submit a project planning application to An Bord Pleanála.
The granting of marine zone consent follows a comprehensive assessment by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications’ Dublin Array team into the delivery of offshore wind projects. RWE Renewables, which is leading the Dublin Array project, is one of Europe’s most experienced offshore wind farm developers. It owns and operates offshore wind farms across Europe, representing 2.4 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind.
RWE also recently acquired 100% of Irish company Western Power Offshore Developments Ltd, which is in the early stages of developing the East Celtic Wind Farm project off the coast of Ireland. The project has an indicative potential installed capacity of 900MW and reinforces the company’s commitment to the growth of offshore wind in Ireland. RWE is a key partner of the Irish government in delivering the target of connecting 7GW (7,000MW) of offshore wind capacity to the grid by 2030.
For more information about the Dublin Array, visit our website: www.dublinarray.com