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Irish engineering consultancy company, Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), has been awarded a contract to investigate sediment dynamic processes in the Irish Sea and their impact on planned offshore wind farm developments.
The jack-up vessel Bold Tern has returned to the Port of Esbjerg after completing an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) campaign in the Irish Sea, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said.
Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG) has completed a sediment dynamics study in the Irish Sea, which included a two-year investigation of the geomorphology off the East coast of Ireland in order to quantify the impacts of sediment dynamics on upcoming offshore wind farm developments.
On 23 April, University of Limerick (UL) launched a EUR 2 million Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), delivered by Forum Energy Technologies and fine-tuned by researches from UL’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligence Systems. The ROV will be used for inspection, repair and maintenance of underwater parts of offshore renewable energy structures.
Independent renewable energy developer Element Power has entered the offshore wind market by taking over the development of the North Irish Sea Array (NISA) offshore wind site in the Irish Sea from Gaelectric.
Ireland’s state owned electricity company Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has acquired a 12.5% stake in the 353MW Galloper offshore wind farm from Macquarie Capital.
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.
The Irish Government has approved a foreshore lease to the Marine Institute for the installation of a quarter-scale renewable energy test facility that will also see floating wind testing. However, the approval came with a limit for only one floating wind device being tested at a time.
Belgium-based offshore wind farm developer Parkwind has agreed an investment to become a strategic partner in the proposed 330MW Oriel offshore wind farm project in the North Irish Sea.
The Engie Fabricom and Iemants consortium has shipped the first of two offshore substations built for DONG Energy’s 660MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea from the construction yard in Hoboken, Belgium.