Technical & Environmental Studies

In the year 2000, Saorgus Energy applied for, and were granted, two Foreshore Licences. These allowed them to carry out a series of technical and environmental studies on the Kish and Bray banks to confirm the feasibility of constructing an offshore wind farm. These studies included potential environmental impacts, wind resource monitoring, geotechnical investigations, archaeological field investigations and hydrodynamic assessments.

innogy is currently updating the studies which support the existing Foreshore Lease applications. This includes coverage of the possible cable routes both on and offshore and gathering of contemporary environmental data for the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS).

Proposed surveys include:

  • Marine mammals, seabirds and seabed habitats.
  • Targeted geophysical surveys and geotechnical investigations, including bathymetric and seismic survey and vibrocores to provide further understanding of the seabed.
  • Wind resource and hydrodynamic data collection provided by buoy-mounted equipment.
  • Onshore ecology surveys including trees and protected species.
  • Terrestrial archaeology surveys.
  • Onshore geophysical surveys including topographic survey and boreholes.

Additional desk-based studies are also being undertaken to inform and update to the EIAR and NIS. The information currently being collected will build upon the wind resource monitoring, tidal measurement and geophysical and geotechnical investigations which were previously completed for the project.