The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland plans to develop the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS), focused on wave energy, which is proposed to be located off Annagh Head, west of Belmullet in County Mayo.
The purpose of AMETS is to test the performance of pre-commercial wave energy devices in extreme open ocean conditions.
A foreshore lease application for the test site was submitted in December 2011 and a decision on this is expected during early 2014 before the end of 2012. The decision has been delayed due to inclusion of a portion of the area of interest in a proposed new Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for bottle-nose dolphins. This occurred some considerable time after the lease application had been submitted and meant that the AMETS team has had to commission an Appropriate Assessment report on the potential impact of test site activities on the new SAC. The final decision on the lease application will take this assessment into account. As part of the lease application an Enviromental Impact Statement (EIS) was carried out for the project and has also been published. Full details of the foreshore lease application and the EIS documents are available here.
FREE ACCESS is now available for AMETS through MARINET, a new EU funding programme.
Please also visit our FAQ page for further general details on the AMETS project