Unsupported browser

For a better experience, please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Demonstration offshore wind farm project planned for Irish Sea

Oriel Windfarm and Gaelectric have agreed to co-develop an offshore wind farm in the north Irish Sea, following the development of a €80M (£57.5M) demonstration project.

The North Irish Sea Array (NISA) Offshore Demonstration Project will entail the development of a new research and development hub for offshore wind energy.

The project will see international companies use the Irish Sea as a testing ground for new innovations in offshore wind energy technology, providing the opportunity to test turbines, cables and foundations under full operating conditions.

Brendan McGrath, CEO of Gaelectric, said: “Offshore wind speeds, relatively shallow water depth and favourable sea bed conditions, make the Irish Sea an ideal location for offshore wind projects and as a testing ground for offshore wind technologies. The presence of a number of established ports on the east coast of Ireland is also a factor which will help attract investment to Ireland.

“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.”

NISA has the potential to produce up to 870MW of wind energy from the Irish Sea, while the demonstration project will generate 15MW of energy.

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.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.