Oriel Windfarm and Gaelectric to invest €80m in offshore wind farm
Wind energy hub expected to create 30 long term jobs for the North East Region
Oriel Windfarm managing director Brian Britton, Gaelectric chief executive Brendan McGrath and NISA Project Manager Dr Mark Coughlan. The renewable energy companies have announced plans to jointly develop a major offshore wind energy hub in the North Irish Sea.
Oriel Windfarm and Gaelectric are to invest €80 million developing an offshore wind farm in the north Irish Sea.
The North Irish Sea Array (NISA) will be the first major offshore renewable energy project to be developed in the Irish Sea since the construction of the Arklow Bank Wind Farm by GE Electricity in 2001.
The renewable energy companies said up to 150 jobs could be created during the construction of the project, with 30 new long term jobs for the North East Region.
Gaelectric chief executive Brendan McGrath said offshore wind speeds, relatively shallow water depth and favourable sea bed conditions, make the Irish Sea an ideal location for offshore wind projects.
“We are confident that the project will attract leading industry players to the offshore Irish market and will be an important step towards realising the vast potential for renewable generation from the Irish Sea,” he said.
Oriel Windfarm managing director Brian Britton said the project “represents the biggest step forward for the Irish offshore wind energy sector in the last ten years”.
The companies said NISA has the potential to produce up to 870 MW of wind energy from the Irish Sea and will commence with the development of a 15 MW demonstration project entailing an investment of €80 million.