Rosslare Europort to become offshore renewable energy hub

By: Chloe Emanuel

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12/06/2024 Irish Rail

Iarnród Éireann, supported by the Port Authority, has announced plans to transform Rosslare Europort into Ireland’s premier Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) hub. This initiative aligns with the government's target of generating seven gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

Rosslare Europort's strategic location makes it an ideal site for supporting the emerging offshore wind industry, particularly in the Irish and Celtic seas. However, significant infrastructure upgrades are necessary to meet the requirements for construction and operational phases of the ORE projects.

The project will involve reclaiming approximately 21 hectares of land from the sea, creating a heavy lift berth of up to 330 metres for ORE installation vessels, and a second 240-metre berth for Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) and heavy Load-on/Load-off (LoLo) activities. Additional works include dredging the approach channel to a depth of -10 metres, constructing a main berth pocket with a depth of -12 metres, and building a small boat harbour with enhanced deep-water access.

Key Infrastructure Elements:

- Warehousing, offices, and parking for Operations & Maintenance (O&M)
- Potential future accommodation for a rail spur connection
- A new access road to the small boat harbor and ORE facility

Ireland, with a sea area of 490,000 sq km, is one of Europe’s most promising ORE resources. Rosslare Europort’s proximity to over 25 planned ORE projects positions it within 60 nautical miles of key development sites in the Irish and Celtic seas.

The development will support the offshore renewable industry, contribute to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, and drive significant economic growth in the South-East region.

Public feedback is vital for the success of the Rosslare ORE Hub project. There are multiple opportunities for stakeholders to participate:

- Consultation on the Emerging Preferred Option (Completed December 2023)
- Consultation on the Preferred Option (22nd May to 23rd June 2024)
- Statutory consultation as part of the An Bord Pleanála planning process (Autumn 2024)
A public engagement event was also completed at Rosslare Europort on 30th May 2024 from 3pm to 8pm, where the project design team presented proposals and address queries.

Pending planning approval and funding allocation, construction is set to begin in 2025/26, with project completion anticipated by late 2027.

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