Irish port allocates €200 million for offshore renewable hub upgrades

Rosslare Europort has announced plans to establish itself as Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub, with the potential to create up to 2,000 jobs. The Offshore Renewable Energy hub plan represents an investment estimated at €200 million.

Ireland represents considerable ORE potential with a sea area of 490,000sq kms. The national Climate Action Plan targets 5 GW from ORE by the end of 2030.

Rosslare Europort is "ideally positioned" to serve the many Offshore Wind developments planned in the Irish and Celtic seas. The port is uniquely located within 60 nautical miles of most of the planned developments in the Irish and Celtic seas.

Access can be developed to provide the key infrastructure requirements to serve the different stages of the OSW projects to include, marshalling, assembly, staging and load out of key components, ongoing operations, maintenance and crew transfers.

To ensure Rosslare Europort can deliver its vision, the significant works required include:

 - ORE purpose-built quay and berth;
- ORE quayside storage and pre-construction / up to 50 acres in area;
- Navigable channel dredged down to a minimum of 9 metres depth;
- Management Control Centre & management offices and facilities.
Glenn Carr, General Manager, Rosslare Europort said:  “we have engaged extensively at European, national and regional level to understand the needs of the ORE industry. It is clear that not only is Rosslare Europort uniquely placed to support the development of the industry, but that this development can be a transformative one for the South-East region. In terms of economic potential, the South-East can be to offshore renewables what Dublin’s silicon docks are to the tech sector. The support shown by stakeholders to date, and here today in the terminal building, shows that we can achieve this as a region for the nation.”

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