Marine Institute

Extension to public consultation on Galway Bay test site

June 15, 2016

Foreshore Lease application. Photo credit Tom Szumski

The public notice period for the Marine Institute’s foreshore lease application to upgrade the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site has been extended by two weeks to Friday 1st July 2016.

Following representations to the Foreshore Licensing Unit from locals and the Marine Institute, the Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has decided today (15th June), as an exceptional matter and in the public interest, to extend the period by which submissions from members of the public for the above application can be submitted by a further 10 working days. The new extended closing date by which submissions must be made is now close of business on 01 July 2016.  Submissions received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

The Marine Institute applied to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for a foreshore lease for the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test site where prototype marine renewable energy technology can be tested at reduced scale to determine viability in an ocean environment.

Observations are invited on the foreshore lease application which outlines plans to upgrade the existing infrastructure and facilitate the deployment of a wider range of marine renewable energy devices and novel sensor technologies at the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test site.  

The Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site has been in operation since 2006 when it was established by the Marine Institute and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The purpose of the site is to allow technology innovators to test the viability of small scale prototypes in an ocean environment.

A copy of the application, and the relevant maps, plans, reports and drawings are available to download from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s website.

Copies of these documents are also available for viewing at Salthill Garda Station, Salthill, Spiddal Public Library, An Spidéal, Co. na Gallaimhe and Comhlacht Forbartha An Spidéal Teo, An Spidéal., Galway until 5pm on 1st July 2016.

Should you wish to make a submission on the lease applications you should do so in writing, giving reasons, no later than 5pm 1st July (quoting ref: FS 006566), to the Foreshore Unit, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford or foreshore [at] environ [dot] ie.

The Marine Institute intends to provide further information on its application early next week in order to address queries raised during a well attended public information meeting in Ostán na Páirce, An Spidéal, Tuesday 14th.

For further information please contact testsite [dot] consultation [at] marine [dot] ie