Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (534)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

534. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 357 of 8 April 2014, if he will provide a breakdown on the length of time that the 13 lease applications for offshore renewable energy projects are waiting to be concluded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22492/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The following table details applications for all offshore renewable projects currently before my Department.

Project

Resource Type

Date of Receipt

Oriel Louth

Wind

19 February 2007

Codling II Wicklow

Wind

25 March 2009

Sceirde Galway

Wind

15 May 2008

Kish Dublin/Wicklow

Wind

02 June 2009

Bray Wicklow

Wind

02 June 2009

Gaelectric Louth/Meath (Investigation)

Wind

20 June 2011

Pandion Ocean Energy Ltd. Mayo (Investigation)

Wave

September 2009

Westwave Clare (Investigation)

Wave

04 March 2011

Westwave Mayo (Investigation)

Wave

04 March 2011

Smartbay Galway (cabling)

Wave

23 May 2011

AMETS Mayo

Wave

23 December 2011

CETO Wave Energy Ireland Ltd. Clare (Investigation)

Wave

1 June 2012

Smartbay Galway (lease extension)

Wave

14 May 2014

Consideration of foreshore applications for offshore energy developments, other than for site investigation works, was placed on hold by my Department pending the publication of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP). The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources published the OREDP in February 2014. All applications for offshore energy developments currently on hand in my Department will now be reviewed in the context of the plan and other relevant policy developments.