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Codling Wind Park files Maritime Area Consent for Wicklow offshore project

Management team changes have also taken place

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Thomas Gellert.

Thomas Gellert.

Co-Project Director Scott Sutherland.

Co-Project Director Scott Sutherland.

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Thomas Gellert.

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CODLING Wind Park has submitted its application for Maritime Area Consent (MAC) for Ireland’s largest Phase One offshore wind project.

Codling Wind Park is a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Seawind and has a maximum installed capacity of up to 1,500 megawatts. It’s set approximately 13-22 kilometres off the County Wicklow coast, between Greystones and Wicklow town.

The MAC is a new regulatory requirement for marine-based projects, which came into effect following the enactment of the Maritime Area Planning Act in December 2021. If Codling Wind Park’s application is successful, it will allow the project to compete in the first Offshore Renewable Electricity Scheme (ORESS) auction, which is due to open later this year, and to submit a planning application to An Bord Pleanála.

The project has also announced changes to its management team and partners EDF Renewables and Fred Olsen Seawind will now become more directly involved in the day-to-day running of what is a strategically important project for both companies.

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Thomas Gellert, currently Senior VP Project Execution at Fred. Olsen Seawind, and Scott Sutherland, Head of Offshore Wind at EDF Renewables, have been appointed as co-project directors, bringing a combined almost 30 years’ experience in the execution and delivery of industry-leading offshore wind projects. They will take up their joint leadership role straight away, with former director Arno Verbeek continuing as a senior advisor to the partners.

Commenting on their appointment, the new project directors emphasised the strategic importance of Ireland to both companies and said their focus was on maintaining the project’s momentum.

Thomas Gellert commented: “Ireland is a hugely important market for Fred. Olsen Seawind and Codling Wind Park is our flagship project. I am excited to be joining such a successful team and look forward to not only delivering one of the largest energy infrastructure investments in Ireland this decade, but to helping the country realise its potential and become a world leader in offshore wind.”

Scott Sutherland stated: “EDF Renewables is already very active in Ireland, across onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and battery storage. It is a strategically important market, to which we are fully committed. Our total focus now is on progressing the Codling Wind Park project through the ORESS auction and into planning. The submission of our MAC application is another step in this process.”

Subject to all necessary permits and consents being received, Codling Wind Park could begin construction in 2025, and is expected to take two to three years to complete.


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