First Flight Wind hosted its second hosted its second Shipping and Navigation Working Group at the Whistledown Hotel in Warrenpoint last week. The Working Group is one of six which have been established to help First Flight Wind assess the potential impacts of an offshore wind farm on key industries. Made up of 13 individuals members of this working group are a mix of individuals or represent relevant organisations and statutory bodies such as Warrenpoint Harbour Authority ferry companies and the Department of the Environment. Individuals can participate in the Working Group regardless of their views on the project. First Flight hopes to develop a 600mw wind farm 8km off the South Down Coast which will be capable of catering for 20 per cent of Northern Ireland’s energy requirements. The group behind the project hope to begin construction work in 2016 with the wind farm operational by 2020.
11th December 2013