Codling Wind Park has been successful in Ireland’s first offshore wind energy auction.
Codling Wind Park is a 50/50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Seawind. With an expected capacity of up to 1,300 MW, it has the potential to supply the equivalent of more than 1 million Irish homes with low carbon, locally produced, low-cost electricity, and to save almost 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions every year.
EirGrid provisionally confirmed that Codling Wind Park’s bid under the Offshore Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (ORESS) has been successful, ahead of final auction results to be issued in mid-June.
“This is a great day in the fight against climate change, and for Ireland’s plans to become energy self-sufficient,” said Codling co-project director Scott Sutherland. “With Codling Wind Park’s successful bid, Ireland’s largest Phase 1 offshore project of 1,300-MW capacity, moves a considerable step closer to reality.”
“There is an immense wealth of low-carbon, potential power available in the seas around this country,” said Codling co-project director Thomas Gellert. “Today’s successful auction results will increase confidence in Ireland’s ability to realize the opportunities of offshore energy. We look forward to working with the government, state agencies, and, most of all, local communities to ensure that the significant benefits of Irish offshore energy can be delivered to the people of Ireland.”
“We’re delighted that Codling Wind Park has been successful with its ORESS bid,” said Matthieu Hue, EDF Renewables UK and Ireland CEO. “As the country’s largest Phase 1 offshore wind farm, Codling will be crucial to Ireland meeting its renewable energy targets and securing its energy supply.”
“As the largest offshore wind-farm project in Ireland, considerable economic benefit will be brought to Ireland,” said Lars Bender, Fred. Olsen Seawind CEO. “We look forward to engaging further with local communities, government, and supply chain in developing Ireland’s offshore wind skills base and contributing toward Ireland succeeding in delivering on climate change targets.”
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