NISA

North Irish Sea Array

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ENGAGEMENT

At Statkraft Ireland we believe that a better, cleaner and more sustainable world can be achieved. By working together, we can avoid the worst impacts of climate change and see a just transition to a low-carbon society. Proactive engagement with relevant stakeholders is key to that transition.

As part of its engagement approach, Statkraft aims to provide information at an early stage in the development process. Building on feedback received, we aim to bring forward proposals that are suitable and appropriate in the context of the local area.

Open and honest feedback from the local community is very valuable. It informs the design process and can ultimately influence the project design.

Throughout this website we have opportunities for you to leave your comments or thoughts.

Community Engagement

Jim O'Reilly

Your Community Liaison Officer

Jim O'Reilly

To contact your Community Liaison Officer, please email enquiries@northirishseaarray.ie

Engagement is not simply about providing information. We want the community to engage proactively with us too.

NISA is a project that is ultimately about delivering for people and the future and we believe that everyone should have an opportunity to have an input in the design and development of the project.

So far, the NISA Community Liaison team has:

  • Has had over one thousand engagements with local stakeholders
  • Engaged on a personal basis with people in order to give people the opportunity to consider and discuss the proposal
  • Engaged with local community groups
  • Contacted local and national elected representatives
  • Carried out ongoing engagement with local authorities
  • Developed and promoted a Virtual Consultation Room
  • Placed ads in the main local papers advising of public consultation
  • Put up posters in public buildings
  • Developed and promoted two Virtual Consultation Rooms
  • Hosted Public Consultation Events in six coastal communities

As the project progresses, we will be working to provide information as it becomes available. Details of future Public Consultation events will be posted on this website, as well as this Project Update which includes information about the multitude of surveys that have been carried out.

In the interest of making sure that our engagement with the community is as comprehensice as possible, we encourage anyone with feedback to use our Engagement Area, or email Jim O'Reilly on enquiries@northirishseaarray.ie.

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Fisheries Engagement

The fishing community has been a key stakeholder in the development of the NISA project from the outset. Engagement with the fishing community commenced in 2019, when only a concept layout was available.

We have been in ongoing contact with the fishing industry in relation to potential concerns and issues. This feedback was central to how the current project design has evolved.

Each of the layout concepts considered during the design process take into account issues such as turbine layout orientation, turbine spacing and array locations as they relate to existing fishing practices. We endeavour where possible to adapt our design and processes to allow NISA and the fishing community to successfully share the area of the sea being considered. As our design progresses, we will be better informed on how the project will interact with local fisheries. Protecting the current positions of those making a living from the proposed wind farm area is a core issue for us.

This proactive engagement is continuing and will remain for the lifetime of the project.

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Mark O'Reilly

Your Fisheries Liaison Officer

Mark O'Reilly

To contact your Fisheries Liaison Officer, please email flo@northirishseaarray.ie

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Coexistence with the Fishing Industry

The offshore industry can deliver a more sustainable future for the fishing community. Offshore renewable energy can and should support those earning a living from the mutually shared waters. The existing fishing practices in this area are considered during reviews of our design layouts. As more information becomes available from our surveys and our design layouts are updated, we will be able to get a better understanding of how the project might interact with local fishing practices carried out in this specific area.

NISA is committed to working towards supporting the sustainability of the local fishing communities and working with individual fishers to establish how this can best be achieved.

To view all Marine Notices, click here.

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Do you have a local business or are you a contractor? Why not register your interest in this project?

This project is being developed by Statkraft Ireland.

For more information visit www.statkraft.ie

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