Oriel Wind Farm

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Oriel Wind Farm
Oriel Wind Farm is located in Ireland
Oriel Wind Farm
Location of Oriel Wind Farm
Country Ireland
Location Southeast of Dundalk, Irish Sea
Coordinates 53°55′05″N 6°04′05″W / 53.918°N 6.068°W / 53.918; -6.068Coordinates: 53°55′05″N 6°04′05″W / 53.918°N 6.068°W / 53.918; -6.068
Status Proposed
Construction cost €900 million to €1 billion[1]
Wind farm
Type Offshore
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)
Power generation
Units operational 55 X 6 MW
Nameplate capacity 330 MW

Oriel Wind Farm is a proposed offshore wind farm in the northwestern Irish Sea. The project is owned and developed by Oriel Windfarm Limited, a privately owned Irish renewable energy company.

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.[2] The farm takes its name from the ancient Kingdom of Oriel.

Environmental impact[edit]

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.[3]

Construction[edit]

As of 2013, production is planned to commence in 2015, with the entire development completed by 2017.[3]

Output[edit]

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[2]

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