€4bn wind farm plans un­veiled be­fore Coun­cil

Bray People - - Council Report -

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.

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