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SSE has re-issued a contract notice for offshore and nearshore geotechnical survey works at the Arklow Bank offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.
Ireland is the only European Union country with an Atlantic coastline that is not developing its offshore wind resource, which is not only placing the country at an economic and competitive disadvantage, but also results in missing out on a large number of associated economic and social benefits, according to the latest report from KPMG.
Scottish utility SSE plc is taking full ownership of the 1.5GW Seagreen offshore wind projects under development by Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, in which it currently has a 50% share.
SSE has welcomed the approval of the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) in Ireland, however, the company said it had concerns that the potential size of the future individual auctions outlined in the RESS design “may be too small to allow large-scale offshore wind projects to commercially progress forward.”
Offshore wind is an efficient and realistic way for Ireland to take the big strides the country needs to hit its renewable energy targets and avoid EU fines for failing to do so, said Managing Director of SSE Ireland, Stephen Wheeler.
A2SEA’s wind turbine installation vessel SEA POWER has been sold to Karpowership Americas Company, A2SEA informed on 12 April.