Friday, September 04, 2020

The potential to develop an offshore windfarm off the North Mayo coast, based on the principle of this one in Aberdeen, Scotland, is being explored.

An application has been made for a foreshore licence to explore the potential development of floating offshore wind testing technology off the North Mayo coast.
French company SAIPEM has applied to the Minister of Housing, Planning, and Local Government for the licence to carry out the investigations at the Atlantic Martine Energy Test site at Annagh Head.
The testing will inform the proposed deployment of a 6MW turbine along with the subsea cable and ancillary equipment at the Erris site. The project is in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
The development of wind energy is seen as a key part of the Government’s plans to combat climate change.
Site investigation activities are required in order to provide the project team with more information on the make-up of the various layers of sediment and rock under the seafloor at the site and the soils/sediments and stratigraphy of the seabed. The investigations are expected to take a month to complete.
A copy of the Natura Impact Statement has been submitted to the department and is available for inspection at Belmullet Garda Station and Belmullet library. The documentation is available on the Department’s website www.housing.gov.ie.
Objections and representations in respect of the grant of the licence can be submitted in writing to the Marine Planning Policy and Development Section of the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government. The closing date for submissions is September 16 next.

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