Oriel Wind Farm Readies Planning Application for Major Offshore Project

Oriel Wind Farm is on the brink of a significant milestone as it prepares to submit a planning application for its ambitious 375MW wind farm in the North , marking a pivotal step forward in Ireland's pursuit of renewable energy initiatives.

Situated off the coast of north County Louth, the project envisages the installation of 25 turbines alongside the construction of essential offshore and onshore , including substations and cabling crucial for the operation of the green energy endeavor.

Garrett Connell, country manager for Ireland, underscored the project's broader significance, stating, “This is a hugely significant moment, not just for Oriel and for the north-east region, but for the entire Irish energy sector and the wider Irish economy.”

Connell emphasized the extensive groundwork undertaken over nearly two decades to materialize the Oriel wind farm vision, highlighting ongoing engagement with local communities and stakeholders throughout the planning process.

Anticipated to span approximately 12 months, the planning process sets the stage for potential construction commencement in 2026, with operationalization slated for 2028, positioning Oriel as a pioneering commercial-scale offshore wind farm in Ireland.

Despite not securing state-subsidized contracts in recent auctions, the project remains steadfast in its development trajectory, with electricity generated earmarked for the Irish electricity market.

Conor Martin, investment manager representing ESB, emphasized the transformative potential of Oriel, stating, “Subject to planning permission, Oriel wind farm will have a significant impact in helping to meet Ireland's target of having 80% of its electricity generated by renewable sources by 2030.”

The granting of Maritime Area Consent (MAC) in December 2022 paved the way for formal engagement with An Bord Pleanala, marking a crucial juncture in project advancement.

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