Consultations on Galway Bay marine energy test site prolonged

The public consultations for the Marine Institute’s foreshore lease application to upgrade the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site has been extended until September 9, 2016.

The extension follows a public meeting which took place in July, during which some participants requested more time to allow informed submissions on the lease application, Marine Institute of Ireland informed.

The decision to further extend the consultation was made by the Ireland’s Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

The current lease application does not propose any changes to the location, area or size of the existing site. It outlines plans to upgrade the existing infrastructure and facilitate the deployment of a wider range of marine renewable energy devices, which would potentially include floating wind turbines, and novel sensor technologies at the test site.

A copy of the application, and the relevant maps, plans, reports and drawings are available for download from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s website.

The Galway Bay Marine Renewable Energy Test Site has been in operation since 2006 when it was established by the Marine Institute and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

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