Certification of Codling Wind Farm will help to manage risks, as Ireland seeks to realize ambitious offshore wind energy goals.
DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, has been contracted to carry out Project Certification for the Codling Wind Park project, which is one of the largest offshore wind farms planned in Ireland, with the potential to supply up to 70% of all Irish households with renewable electricity. The wind farm will make a significant contribution to meet the Government’s ambitions to double the renewable energy from 35% in 2020 to 70% in 2030.
“Excellent wind speeds in the Irish Sea and favourable foreshore conditions provide an ideal environment for generating electricity from offshore wind,” says Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV. “Using this resource with safe and reliable offshore wind projects can make Ireland a global leader in renewable electricity generation. Having been involved in over 80% of the offshore wind farm certification projects worldwide, we are happy to support Codling Wind Park and Ireland to realize the ambitious targets.“
“The offshore wind industry in Ireland is set to see significant growth in the coming years bringing opportunities and challenges,” adds Fabio Pollicino, Director for Project Certification at DNV. “Project Certification offers a proven, structured and trusted way to minimize and manage the risks of rolling out a technology in an emerging offshore wind market.”
Rob Sheldon, Engineering Manager at Codling Wind Park said, “The development of the project is a significant endeavour, supported by many parties. We are delighted to have DNV as part of our team. DNV’s global experience and expertise will help us navigate our path to certification with confidence. Codling Wind Park will be developed to the highest standards, and we look forward to delivering a project of which Ireland can be justifiably proud, bringing locally produced renewable electricity to up to 1.2 million Irish homes.”
Codling Wind Park is a proposed offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, set in an area called Codling Bank, approximately 13-22 kilometres off the County Wicklow coast, between Greystones and Wicklow Town.
Codling Wind Park is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Renewables. With an expected capacity of up to 1,500 megawatts (MW), it has the potential to supply the equivalent of up to 1.2 million Irish homes – 70% of all Irish households – with low-carbon, locally-produced, low-cost electricity, and to save almost 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
Representing one of the largest energy infrastructure investments in Ireland this decade, the project will deliver substantial benefits to the regional and national economy, including more than 1,000 construction jobs and around 70 long-term, locally based jobs.
Subject to all necessary permits and consents being received, Codling Wind Park could begin construction in 2024/25. Construction is expected to take two to three years to complete.
Further information is available at www.codlingwindpark.ie.