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ESB seeks eco help offshore

Companies sought for environmental consultancy services over eight years

ESB seeks eco help offshore image

Irish utility developer ESB is seeking companies to provide ecological consultancy services related to offshore wind farms.

The tender is divided into two lots with up to eight candidates to be invited to pre-qualify for each.

Lot one covers “terrestrial and aquatic” environmental services, including surveys of habitats, birds and bats, invasive species, large mammals, invertebrates and freshwater.

Lot two covers marine ecology services, including surveys of inter-tides and sub-tides, marine benthic flora and fauna, fish and shellfish, marine invertebrate sampling and identification, seabirds, marine mammals, habitats and waters.

Both lots also incude environmental and ecological impact assessment work, habitats regulation assessment, consultation with stakeholders, giving witness evidence at hearings and site supervision.

The work for both lots is expected to last eight years.

The deadline for interested parties is 3pm local time on 12 October.

Starting next year, ESB is planning to develop or acquire about 1GW of offshore wind projects ranging from 200MW to 500MW in the Irish Sea.

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