SSE Renewables Picks Project Certification Partner for Irish Offshore Wind Farm

Bureau Veritas has announced that it will provide Project Certification for SSE Renewables’ Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2, located off the east coast of Ireland.

Arklow Bank Phase 1. Source: Alpha Marine

Bureau Veritas will be responsible for providing project certification during the design phase covering wind turbines, foundations, towers, and substations according to international standards.

The Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 is located 6 to 13 kilometres off the coast of Arklow in County Wicklow and would be Ireland’s second offshore wind farm. SSE Renewables is also the developer of the country’s only offshore wind farm, Arklow Bank 1.

Due to Ireland’s new consenting regime, SSE Renewables plans to commission the Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 in 2028 and not in 2025 as initially planned.

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According to SSE Renewables, the company will invest up to EUR 2.5 billion to deliver the project.

Transferring Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 to the Maritime Area Planning (MAP) process allowed the developer to revise the project and substantially increase the power generation output from the site from 520 MW to 800 MW, according to the company.

The revised project will now be capable of powering almost 850,000 homes each year, almost double the number of homes targeted by the initial iteration of the project.


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