Ireland’s Rosslare Europort wants to become offshore wind hub
Turbine storage representation. Image by Rosslare Europort (www.rosslareeuroport.ie)
April 26 (Renewables Now) - Rosslare Europort, a major seaport in the southeastern part of Ireland, has outlined an ambition to become the country’s offshore renewable energy hub.
The plans, presented at a seminar at the port’s terminal building on Friday, call for an estimated investment of EUR 200 million (USD 218m) and could create up to 2,000 jobs.
Rosslare Europort says it is well positioned to serve the large number of offshore wind developments planned in the Irish and Celtic seas and support Ireland’s target of 5 GW of offshore renewables by the end of 2030.
Significant works will be needed to make the hub vision a reality, including a purpose-built quay and berth and a navigable channel dredged down to at least 9 metres depth. Consultants have already been engaged to take the project to planning and to develop the detailed business case and funding options. An application has also been submitted to the EU Connecting Europe Facility for 50% co-funding for the studies and designs for planning.
There is a possibility of a start-up facility becoming available from late 2023 to provide some port capacity till the completion of the transition to the main facility.