Following our first Public Consultation events held in the summer of 2022, Ocean Winds & Bord na Móna have held our second round of Public Consultation Events for the Réalt na Mara project.
As the project progresses Ocean Winds and Bord na Móna will continue to engage on an ongoing basis with the local communities regarding the development of the proposed Réalt na Mara Offshore Wind Farm. Please see below for how you can get in touch with our team:
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Réalt na Mara Offshore Wind Communications Team
Bord na Móna, Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Ocean Winds and Bord na Móna actively encourages the practice of co-existence with the mobile and static gear fishing sector through ongoing communication and information sharing.
For example, Ocean Winds’ fixed bottom Moray East offshore wind project (950MW) in Northern Scotland saw fishing activities occurring during the construction phase, these activities continue to occur now in and around our operational wind farm. Cabling is buried during the installation process and trials are undertaken with the fishing industry to demonstrate that trawling can take place.
We would envisage a similar approach being taken in Ireland albeit we will ultimately be guided by the conditions outlined in the Maritime Area Consent. The Réalt na Mara Offshore Wind project is a fixed bottom project.
Ocean Winds and Bord na Móna understands the importance of engagement at every stage of the proposed Réalt na Mara Offshore Wind development process. In 2022, the project team met with a number of fish producers organisations and carried out pier & quay visits to ensure local Fishers were kept informed of the project.
These visits, facilitated by our dedicated Fisheries Liaison Officer will continue into 2023 as we seek to consult on the proposed Réalt na Mara Offshore Wind project.