€4bn wind farm plans unveiled before Council
PLANS FOR a €4 billion wind farm off the coast of Greystones were unveiled at last Tuesday’s meeting of Bray Town Council in a presentation by Nichola McLaughlin, Senior Manager of Offshort Development.
The wind farm of 220 turbines, which have a lifespan of at least 20 years, would be located to the east of the shallow sand bank known as Codling Bank, around 13 kilometres off the east coast between Greystones and Wicklow.
Codling Wind Park got consent for the project in September 2005. Work is now ongoing to secure consent for phase II.
Ms. McLaughlin said that the project would be phased over five to seven years and create at least 20 local jobs on its completion as well as 200 workers during the construction phase.
She said that the workers would ideally be living in the area as they would often need to be on call at a moment’s notice.
Ms. McLaughlin added that around 706,000 homes could be powered by the farm, which would be just about visible from Bray. There would be no noise pollution from the wind farm, given its distance from the shore.
The councilors around the table voiced their support for the plans which are a joint venture between Fred. Olsen Renewables and Treasury Holdings.