Our Approach

Early community engagement

We aim to provide information to communities at an early stage in the development process and building on feedback that we receive, we aim to bring forward proposals that are suitable and appropriate in the context of the local area.

Discussion with the local community is based on a working design layout of the proposed project and as such all details regarding the project may not be available. This, in fact, is the point of talking to people at an early stage – To allow the opportunity for feedback to influence the detailed design of the project as it develops. We also endeavour to learn lessons from previous proposals that we have brought forward in other areas in order to achieve the best possible design proposal for each area being considered.

 

Feedback

The value of this feedback from the local community is that it informs the design process and can ultimately influence the form that the project will take.

Whilst we welcome feedback on all aspects of our proposals, some examples of areas that people might consider include:

  • The design layout as it stands during the design process.
  • Alterations to the design layout which would improve the overall proposal.
  • Ways in which the project may bring real benefits to the local area.
  • Queries or concerns that people may have on any aspect of the proposal.

 

Informed debate

We would like to encourage people to think about the challenges that we face and the possible solutions that might help us towards combating climate change and protecting our energy security. When researching wind energy (or any other renewable alternative) it is imperative to make sure that the information that you are basing your opinion on is from a genuine source.

The most reliable and trustworthy information available is that which has been checked and verified by not just one individual but by a group of experts. This is a defined process that all researchers utilise and is called “Peer reviewing”. We are happy to provide information and guidance towards sources of genuine peer-reviewed information should you request it.

 

Positive outcomes

Through positive engagement, we would hope that any proposal put forward to the planning authorities will reflect the general aspirations of the people living within the area. The scientific facts tell us that, today, we hold the fate of our children and future generations in our hands. Science tells us that it is within our gift to either create a better future for those to come or to allow climate change to create a very different world for them. We believe that each opportunity to make a positive difference in combating climate change warrants full consideration, based on the facts and not hearsay or misinformation, from all those involved.

Survey Effort Overview

With geophysical surveys due to commence shortly, NISA has reached a critical milestone in its development. The surveys planned will provide information which will allow the project to develop a detailed understanding of the sea bed conditions which will inform the design of the project. These surveys are due to start towards the end of May 2022 and will continue throughout June. For more information, please see Marine Notice No. 27 of 2022 through the button below.

Surveys will be subject to weather conditions and a vessel called the Mercator will use various technologies to analyse the sea-bed such as multibeam echosounders, side scan sonars, magnetometers and sub-bottom profiling. The data will be used to inform indicative turbine location and potential cable corridors. The NISA project was granted a Foreshore Licence earlier this year which allows it to gather information and undertake preliminary site investigations to understand the conditions.

Statkraft has engaged an extremely experienced survey contractor to carry out these surveys, particularly in terms of carrying out surveys whilst sharing this marine space with the existing fishing operations. Throughout the surveys, Statkraft will continue to engage all those interested in the local and surrounding communities in the area. This includes extensive engagement with local fishing groups in Howth, Clogherhead, Skerries, Balbriggan, and surrounding areas.

From the earliest stages of this project, Statkraft has been committed to developing a project which would deliver successful coexistence with fisheries and support a sustainable local fishing community. During these surveys it will continue to work proactively towards this goal and promote continued sustainable fishing in the area.

If anyone has any queries please get in touch through our Contact Page.