The owners of the Codling Wind Park project, off the coast of Co Wicklow, have appointed Arno Verbeek as Project Director. 

Codling Wind Park - located 13 kilometres off the east coast between Greystones and Wicklow - is set to be the biggest offshore wind farm in Ireland. 

The wind park is expected to make a significant contribution to achieving the country's renewable energy targets.

The country's goal is to be carbon neutral by 2050 and to double the amount of electricity it produces from renewable energy from 35% to 70% by 2030.

"In order to achieve Ireland's Climate Action Plan 2030 target, offshore wind will be expected to make a substantial contribution.

"Clearly this is where a significant infrastructure project like Codling Wind Park has a huge role to play," Arno Verbeek said.

"The strong wind speeds and favourable site conditions which we have at the Codling Wind Park site are ideally suited for generating low cost and carbon emission free electricity," he said.

"We are currently carrying out technical, environmental, socio-economic and commercial studies to determine the size of the wind farm, but we expect it will be up to 1.5GW," he added.

Mr Verbeek was previously a technical director with Diamond Generating Europe in The Netherlands, a 100% owned subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corporation, which owns offshore wind farms in The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Before that he ran his own consultancy business and previously worked for SSE in the UK.

He was also based in Ireland for nine years while working for Airtricity and SSE Renewables Ireland.

Codling Wind Park is owned by EDF Renewables and Fred Olsen Renewables.