The Project

Ocean Winds is proposing the development of an offshore wind farm located in the Irish Sea, off the coast of counties Dublin and Wicklow. The proposed wind farm array study area is located approximately 12km off the coast of Dublin and Wicklow.

The proposed offshore wind development will be known as Réalt na Mara, and it is envisaged that the project could generate up to 1.6 Gigawatts (GW) of clean renewable electricity, enough to power 1.5 million Irish homes. The proposed development will also facilitate job creation, vastly reduce our reliance on imported oil and gas, and increase our security of electricity supply while helping Ireland become carbon neutral by 2050. Based on current project timelines it is envisaged that the project would be in commercial operation by 2030, with a lifespan of 25 to 30 years.

Réalt na Mara is being developed by Ocean Winds, an established global leader in the offshore renewable energy sector who has international expertise and a strong track record in developing similar projects in Scotland, France, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, U.S. and Korea.

Project Timeline

Project Timeline

Ongoing Community & Stakeholder Consultation

Project Need & Benefits

Climate
  • Réalt na Mara will help deliver Irish Government objectives to produce most of our electricity from renewable sources – up to 80% – by 2030.
  • Deliver at least 5GW of electricity from offshore wind by 2030 make Ireland carbon neutral by 2050.
  •  Be on track to meet European carbon emission reduction targets by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
Economy & Jobs
  • Importantly, this project will provide renewable electricity to power jobs, farms, homes, schools, hospitals, etc for Ireland’s future generations.
  • The proposed project will help Ireland to secure its own local energy supply for the long term.
  • Reduce Ireland’s reliance on imported oil and gas.
Ireland’s Citizens / Householders
  • Generate up to 1.6 Gigawatts (GW) of clean and renewable electricity to power up to 1.5 million Irish homes.
  • By vastly reducing our reliance on imported oil and gas, Réalt na Mara will safeguard consumers in Ireland against fluctuations in international fuel prices.
Local Communities
  • Significant employment opportunities, both directly and indirectly, throughout construction and operation of Réalt na Mara.
  • Réalt na Mara will provide opportunities for local businesses and tradespeople to expand and diversify into the emerging offshore wind market.
  • A considerable Community Benefit Fund will be made available for local projects, in line with the requirements to be set out in the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (ORESS).
Economy
  • Future proof Ireland’s energy supply and reduce dependency on imported fuels and spikes in international fuel costs.
  • The project will generate jobs during construction and long-term employment opportunities during operation.
  • Drive Ireland’s economy by generating clean and sustainable energy, enhancing our attractiveness to inward foreign direct investors.
  • Supply chain opportunities for Irish businesses.