Work on Irish wind farms blows in fast for Cowi

Denmark-headquartered consultant Cowi has won more offshore wind-farm engineering work in Ireland.

Yesterday it said it had been picked by wind-farm developer Corio Generation as preliminary (pre-feed) designer for the 450MW Sceirde Rocks wind farm proposed in the Atlantic off the coast of Galway.

Cowi will help with the early design of the turbine foundations in preparation for Corio’s bid to develop the wind farm under Ireland’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (ORESS-1).

The project is currently in permitting stage and will be developed in a single phase.

Once operational, Sceirde Rocks wind farm is expected to supply enough clean energy to power over 350,000 homes.

Two weeks ago Cowi said it had been picked by Norwegian state-owned renewables developer Statkraft as owner’s engineer for the bigger North Irish Sea Array (NISA) offshore wind array planned off the coasts of counties Dublin, Meath, and Louth.

Cowi will help Statkraft in preparing its auction application for that scheme, which is expected to power 500,000 homes.

The Sceirde Rocks project is being developed by Irish and Gaeltacht-based Fuinneamh Sceirde Teoranta, a joint venture between Corio Generation and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

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