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Intertek has been appointed by innogy to undertake physical process modelling on the Dublin Array Offshore Wind Farm project. The Dublin Array Offshore Wind Farm site is located approximately 10 km off the east coast of Dublin and has a proposed electrical generating capacity of up to 1GW and will be located within an area of 54 km2 in water depths ranging from two to 30 metres.
The area surrounding the site is highly designated, with several Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation within the vicinity of the proposed array field and export cable route corridor. Intertek is modelling the Realistic Worst-Case Scenario -- the design configuration that presents the most significant impact on the environment -- in line with industry best practice, first developed by Frank Beiboer (Intertek) and Bill Cooper (Cooper Marine Advisors). This will allow the baseline environmental conditions to be determined, against which the effects of the development on the physical (metocean and sedimentological) environment can be assessed. The modelling results provided by Intertek and supported by Cooper Marine Advisors will feed directly into the Environmental Impact Assessment required to secure permits for the project approval.