Wind farm firm to blow €2bn creating more than 200 jobs
SSE Renewables is set to splash out €2bn expanding the Arklow Bank Wind Farm and building an operations base onshore, creating 200 short-term construction jobs and 90 full-times positions when complete.
The green energy group has applied to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for a foreshore licence to carry out surveys to collect information for the next phase of the scheme which is expected to generate enough energy to power 650,000 homes.
The company intends carrying out a survey of potential cable routes, landfall sites and wind conditions.
It is currently assessing whether Wicklow Port or Arklow Harbour should be the location for an onshore hub for servicing and maintaining the offshore wind farm, which was first built 16 years ago.
“The SSE Renewables project development team is working intensely on the ongoing design and engineering for the next stage of the project, and this Foreshore Licence application is another positive indicator of the progress being made in the development of Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2,” a SSE Renewables spokesperson said.
“Key future milestones in the project programme for the year ahead include securing a grid connection and securing a support contract for low carbon energy from Government under the new Renewables Electricity Support Scheme regime, and the project roadmap for both of these milestones is significantly advanced and on course.”
A 99-year foreshore lease was granted in 2002 for a 520 MW offshore wind farm off the coast from Arklow and construction on the new turbines are expected to start in 2021 with completion by 2025.