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Objections to Huge 50-Mile Windfarm Off Waterford and Cork

DP Energy Ireland, a company based in Cork which is described as building, developing and managing wind, tidal and solar energy projects and services, has proposed a windfarm on a site reported to be 50kms in width from Dungarvan on the Waterford coast to Cork Harbour. It has sought a foreshore licence for investigative work according to information.

It is understood that objections have been lodged with the Marine Planning Policy and Development, section of the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government.

The applicant for the foreshore license has been named as Clodagh McGrath/IMEP Limited, who is understood to be the Environment and Consents Manager and the application is “preliminary to Offshore Wind Energy Project known as Inis Ealga Project for DP Energy Ireland Limited.”

DPEI told the Irish Examiner that their aim, subject to approval for Inis Ealga, was to secure a partner to develop the project and were targeting a 2026 “in-the-water” start date which they “hope to achieve given the demand for renewable energy.”

A public consultation period about the foreshore application was due to close last week.

One of the objections made claims that the proposal breaches the provisions of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and on-going proposals in governmental marine planning policy, where a full plan has not yet been decided upon. It has also been claimed that the windfarm would counteract the government’s stated intention to create designated Marine Protected Areas on the coast.