DNV Joins Codling Wind Park Project

DNV has been contracted to carry out Project Certification for the Codling Wind Park project, one of the largest offshore wind farms planned in Ireland.

Codling Wind Park is a proposed offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, set in an area called Codling Bank, approximately 13-22 kilometres off the County Wicklow coast, between Greystones and Wicklow Town.

“Excellent wind speeds in the Irish Sea and favourable foreshore conditions provide an ideal environment for generating electricity from offshore wind,” said Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV.

“Using this resource with safe and reliable offshore wind projects can make Ireland a global leader in renewable electricity generation. Having been involved in over 80% of the offshore wind farm certification projects worldwide, we are happy to support Codling Wind Park and Ireland to realize the ambitious targets.“

Codling Wind Park is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Renewables. With an expected capacity of up to 1,500 MW, it has the potential to supply the equivalent of up to 1.2 million Irish homes – 70 per cent of all Irish households with electricity and to save almost two million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

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Representing one of the largest energy infrastructure investments in Ireland this decade, the project is expected to create more than 1,000 construction jobs and around 70 long-term, locally based jobs.

Subject to all necessary permits and consents being received, Codling Wind Park could begin construction in 2024/25. Construction is expected to take two to three years to complete.

Rob Sheldon, Engineering Manager at Codling Wind Park, said: “The development of the project is a significant endeavour, supported by many parties. We are delighted to have DNV as part of our team. DNV’s global experience and expertise will help us navigate our path to certification with confidence. Codling Wind Park will be developed to the highest standards, and we look forward to delivering a project of which Ireland can be justifiably proud, bringing locally produced renewable electricity to up to 1.2 million Irish homes.”

Photo: A photomontage of a 107-turbine Codling Wind park. Source: CWPL