Bord na Móna Ocean Winds have an ongoing programme of public consultation in respect of the Réalt na Mara project. The project team welcome your feedback and observations.
Thus far the project team have undertaken two rounds of public consultation events in communities along the Dublin and Wicklow coasts. The first round of public engagement sessions happened in summer 2022 and we again held a second round of engagement events in February/March 2023. We would like to thank everyone who attended these events or provided feedback through our online survey.
The project team are at present assessing this feedback to inform the development of the Réalt na Mara offshore wind farm and will undertake additional rounds of consultations and engagements in the coming months.
In the meantime, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Community Liaison Officer Stephen or Fisheries Liaison Officer Mark at the phone numbers or email below.
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.