Codling Wind Park (Codling) is a proposed offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, set in an area called Codling Bank, approximately 13-22 kilometres off the County Wicklow coast, between Greystones and Wicklow Town.
It is being developed by Codling Wind Park Ltd. (CWPL), a 50/50 joint venture between Fred. Olsen Renewables and EDF Renewables. Both companies are leading developers, owners and operators of renewable energy assets, with many years of global experience in the renewable energy and offshore wind sector.
Codling Wind Park is a combination of what was initially proposed as two projects, with a total project area of approximately 125 km².
- The combined maximum total energy output of both projects was up to 2.1 GW
- The combined total number of wind turbines across both projects was up to 440
Significant advances in wind turbine generator technology, combined with considerable reductions in the cost of energy from offshore wind, means that Codling can now be developed as one project with a greatly reduced number of wind turbine generators while optimising the renewable electricity production from the site.
The current expectation and design for the offshore part of the wind farm is:
Maximum number of 140 turbines across 125 square km projects site
A total installed capacity of between 900 megawatts (MW) and 1,500 megawatts (MW)
Maximum turbine capacity is expected to be 16MW
Individual turbine tip heights expected to be a maximum of 320 metres
Equivalent of 1.2 million Irish homes provided with renewable electricity
70 full-time long-term jobs
With wind speeds of 9.7 m/s at 130 metres above sea level and shallow waters with depths ranging from 10 to 25 metres, the Codling Bank area is well suited to deliver a highly significant renewable energy project.
The final decision on the size and number of turbines has not yet been made. There are a number of ongoing survey activities which will help to inform this decision, along with further public engagement and consultation, as we aim to balance the technical, commercial and environmental considerations, to deliver the best project and one of which Ireland can be justifiably proud.