Ireland approves competitors for first offshore wind tender

Ireland has approved maritime area consents for six offshore wind projects, making them eligible to compete in the country’s first offshore wind tender next year.

It granted the consents to Irish utility ESB and Belgian developer Parkwind’s 330MW Oriel project, Norwegian developer Statkraft’s 750MW North Irish Sea Array, German utility RWE’s 1GW Dublin Array, French developer EDF Renewables and fred Olsen's 1.5GW Codling project, Scottish power firm SSE’s 800MW Arklow Bank, and Corio’s 450MW Sceirde Rocks project.

Maritime area consents last 45 years and grant the right to build and operate an offshore wind farm and associated infrastructure in a specific area.

Ireland is due to offer 20-year contracts for difference with inflation-indexed prices in an auction in the first half of 2023.