DP Energy and Iberdrola have published a scoping report for the environmental impact assessment report (EIAR) for their proposed floating wind project offshore Ireland, called Inis Ealga Marine Energy Park.
The scoping report outlines the proposed scope of and methodology in use in the preparation of the project’s future EIAR.
“Publication of the EIAR Scoping Report for Inis Ealga Marine Energy Park is a significant milestone on the path to eventual preparation of a Development Permission application for the project, supported by a robust and fitting EIAR. We very much look forward to engaging with all project stakeholders on the proposed approach to the EIAR set out in this EIAR Scoping Report”, said Edwina White, DP Energy’s Consenting and Environmental Manager.
Consultation on the scoping report is now open until 21 September, with a copy of the document available for review at several locations, including Carrigaline, Midleton, Youghal, and Cork City from 18 July.
The future EIAR will outline the potential effects that the project, if carried out, could have on the surrounding onshore and offshore environment.
The EIAR will be delivered by Royal HaskoningDHV and Mott MacDonald, after the wind farm’s developers selected the companies earlier this year for the work.
The report will look at the full project lifecycle from site investigations to construction as well as the operation and eventual decommissioning of the offshore wind farm.
The 1 GW floating wind project is currently in its early development stage, with ecology surveys underway and site investigations being planned.
The Inis Ealga Marine Energy Park is part of a 3 GW pipeline of offshore wind projects that DP Energy and Iberdrola are developing in Ireland after entering into a joint venture in 2021.
Once fully commissioned by 2030, the project could generate enough clean renewable electricity to supply up to one million homes annually and will contribute to Ireland’s national target of 80 per cent renewable power by 2030, the developers said.
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