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What is an offshore wind farm?
Why are we developing offshore wind?
What is floating offshore wind (FLOW)?
Why does Ireland not have an existing offshore wind industry? Why is this kicking off now?
How expensive is offshore wind?


How are floating turbines fixed in place and in what water depth?
What impact will extreme weather events have on the wind infrastructure?

Western Star Floating Wind

Who are Simply Blue Group and EDF Renewables Ireland?
Why are we focused on floating wind projects?
What is the scale of the proposed Western Star project?
When is Western Star likely to start work on the ground?
What does a stepping-stone approach mean?
What licences have been applied for?
What is a Foreshore Investigative Licence?
Why was the west coast of Ireland chosen?
What survey activity will be carried out for Western Star?
How big are the wind turbines and how many?
Will I be able to see the FLOW site from the shore?


Will there be loss of access to fishing grounds?
What is the impact of seismic surveys on fish and shellfish?
What is the impact of seismic surveys on spawning and nursery grounds?
Will individual fishermen be compensated for loss of earnings?
Are cables a snagging risk for fishing gear?
Will there be a Community Benefit Fund for Western Star?
How does EMF from submerged cables impact fisheries?
Will fishing activity be restricted within the project area during the construction and/or operational phase of the windfarm?
If I was fishing here before a project was proposed, do I have dominant rights over the use of the area?
Can it be made easier for fishing boats to be used as survey vessels?

Community Benefits

What are the Employment Opportunities?
What are the benefits to the local economy?
Will local businesses be given the opportunity to supply the project?
Will there be any funding available for community projects?

Potential Impact

Will there be disruption onshore?
Do wind turbines impact on seabirds or other marine life?
Will ship-wrecks be interfered with?
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