BlueWise Marine supports RSK with stakeholder engagement for the AFLOWT project
BlueWise Marine is delighted to announce that we are working with RSK Ireland, part of the RSK Group, to support the public consultation and stakeholder engagement phase for the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) phase of the AFLOWT Project (Accelerating Market Uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test site (AMETS) in Belmullet Co. Mayo.
The BlueWise Marine team have developed the Stakeholder Consultation and Communications Strategy and a Stakeholder Management Plan and will coordinate and support a number of public and stakeholder meetings throughout the EIAR phase of the project.
AMETS, located off Annagh Head, west of Belmullet in County Mayo, was previously consented under a proposed development by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the development of a test site for full-scale wave energy converters (WECs). The addition of Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) to the lease at AMETS is the basis under which the EIAR is taking place. SEAI is a partner in the AFLOWT project funded under the Interreg North-West Europe Low Carbon theme. One of the main objectives of the project is the demonstration of a high-survivability, cost-competitive FOW technology. RSK has been appointed by SEAI to undertake an EIAR to apply for development consent to deploy FOW technology at the site, supported by the AFLOWT project. An industry-wide questionnaire has been issued recently which will help develop the project design envelope. The questionnaire and accompanying report is available on the SEAI website and is open until the 8th of October 2021 – AMETS Industry Questionnaire
Speaking about the contract, John Breslin, Managing Director of BlueWise Marine, said:
“We are delighted to work with the RSK Group and SEAI to support public consultation and stakeholder engagement during the EIAR phase of the AFLOWT Project. The team at BlueWise Marine will draw on our previous experience in managing, developing and implementing community, and wider stakeholder, strategies and initiatives.”