Oriel Wind Farm
|Oriel Wind Farm|
|Location||Southeast of Dundalk, Irish Sea|
|Construction cost||€900 million to €1 billion|
|Site area||28 km2 (11 sq mi)|
|Max. water depth||15–30 m (49–98 ft)|
|Distance from shore||7.8 km (4.8 mi)|
|Hub height||100 m (328 ft)|
|Rotor diameter||120 m (394 ft)|
|Units operational||55 X 6 MW|
|Nameplate capacity||330 MW|
The proposed Oriel wind farm will be located near Clogherhead, approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi) southeast of Dundalk, County Louth, and approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi) northeast of Drogheda. The farm takes its name from the ancient Kingdom of Oriel.
Detailed surveys and studies of the physical, ecological, and human environment at the proposed wind farm site have been carried out since 2003. These ranged from geotechnical assessments of the area to surveys of birds flying above the site.
As of 2013, production is planned to commence in 2015, with the entire development completed by 2017.
Once completed, the wind farm will be capable of generating up to 330 megawatts of electricity. The generated electricity will be fed into the National Grid at one of the following locations: Castlebellingham or Dunany in County Louth or Bremore in County Dublin. The output will then be exported via interconnector to the UK and European energy markets
- "UK to plug into green Irish energy". The Irish Times. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
- Major offshore wind farm planned off Louth, Ireland in the North Irish Sea
- Environmental Impact Statement