Offshore Consenting and Development – Creating Value and Reducing Risk

Location: IWEA Training Facility, Naas, Co. Kildare
Duration: 2 Days
Course Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Registration: 9am. (2 Day Course)
Course Time: 9.30am to 5pm
Course Cost
Company Member: €600
Non Company Member: €850

Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to provide participants with an understanding of the current regulatory requirements in particular guidance on EIS and NIS Preparation for Offshore Renewable Energy Projects (prepared for the Environmental Working Group of the Offshore Renewable Energy Steering Group and Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment) and practical considerations in developing and consenting offshore wind projects in Irish territorial waters.

Course Objectives

The participants will explore how developers must successfully develop projects as described in their lease awards and avoid failing to keeping track with the rapid development in turbines and supporting infrastructure.

In addition the course will explore how developers in the UK and beyond have increasingly utilised the ‘worst case’ scenario in order to facilitate impact assessments of such Design Envelope projects, and de-risked large project spends such as a detailed geophysical campaign until after lease award and investment decision.

The course will draw upon lessons learned from the UK and European experiences to illustrate the course material. Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding of Irish regulatory background, environmental and planning context and possible (or necessary) future regulatory developments.
  • Guidance on assessing initial project feasibility using the considerations of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ constraints
  • Appreciation of strategic planning approach and design envelope concepts; - Knowledge of environmental and ecological considerations
  • Guidance on scoping, planning and implementing offshore surveys (environmental, ecological and geotechnical)
  • Consideration of onshore infrastructure and planning requirements for offshore wind projects
  • Offshore measurement campaigns, wind resource assessment and technology selection for offshore
  • Preliminary design considerations (including grid connection) for project development.

Who should attend

This course is designed for developers, consultants, legal advisers, financial investors, suppliers and contractors.

Course Content

Day 1 – Regulatory, Planning and Environmental

  • A background to offshore policy in Ireland
  • Consultations and possible outcomes. Who to consultant and how to tailor the consultations
  • Assessing project feasibility in the current environment - Strategic planning and constraint risk
  • Environmental and ecological considerations
  • Offshore surveying
  • Planning for EIA and the consenting process
  • Reducing planning risk and lessons learned from abroad

Day 2 – Wind Resource, Technology and Preliminary Design

  • Design of offshore measurement campaigns and whether we need them
  • Options for offshore data collection and monitoring
  • Wind resource assessment in an offshore environment
  • Technology selection for offshore
  • Preliminary design considerations
  • Keys to developing an effective and competitive offshore project.

Course Trainers

Nancy McLean - Natural Power

Nancy has worked at Natural Power for 15 years, and has acted as a consent advisor for both onshore and offshore projects within this time. She has extensive experience of local, regional and national level stakeholder negotiation and liaison for both onshore and offshore projects.

Nancy has experience of working with offshore Developers within Irish waters, the Irish legislation and Bills, best practice and issues of developing offshore projects in Irish waters.

Over the last nine years, Nancy has worked extensively with offshore wind farm engineering and project design teams, and has developed a specialism in the development of robust and defendable Design Envelopes and the stakeholder liaison involved to achieve permit and licence awards.

Nancy has a track history in developing robust assessment methodologies that address uncertainties, enabling the Competent Authorities to undertake Appropriate Assessments under the HRA regulations using the information provided. She therefore has a deep understanding of the ‘soft’ constrconstraints associated with the site identification and feasibility assessments.