Consultation on Dublin Array Offshore Windfarm Project in Kish and Bray Banks

26th June 2013

An Taisce has reviewed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) submitted as part of the application for planning permission for the development of a wind farm on the Kish and Bray banks including 145 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 160m, and associated infrastructure including monopile turbine foundations, scour protection, two meteorological masts of up to 100m in height, interturbine/export cabling and offshore substation.

An Taisce have submitted a number of points regarding the proposed project under the headings:

• Hydrodynamics

• Seabirds

• Pollution

• Marine Mammals

• Reefs

These concerns should be taken into account during the planning process. It is not yet clear whether this development can proceed via Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive or whether the derogation in Article 6(4) is instead triggered.