SSE Renewables has selected Arklow Harbour to install the Operations and Maintenance Base for its planned 520MW Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 offshore wind farm.
The operations hub for the wind farm will be located at Arklow Harbour’s South Dock. It will employ 80 full-time employees.
The decision to select Arklow Harbour on Ireland’s East Coast as the preferred location was announced at a virtual meeting with members of Wicklow County Council.
The new base will include new purpose-built office and warehouse buildings as well as adjacent quayside berthing for up to four crew transfer vessels.
Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District said: “SSE Renewables’ announcement is extremely positive news for Arklow and indeed Co. Wicklow. A project of this scale will contribute to a significant commercial uplift for the community as well as creating around 80 jobs.
“The Arklow Bank Wind Park will open up enormous socio-economic potential for County Wicklow as well as positioning the county as a leader in the wind energy sector. I look forward to seeing the project develop in the coming years and becoming operational in 2025.”
SSE Renewables is progressing plans for Arklow Bank wind farm
To advance the operations base project, SSE Renewables has entered into land option agreements at Arklow’s South Dock.
The company is progressing plans to develop the next phase of Arklow Bank Wind Park, with a target to bring it online in 2025.
Once operational, the wind farm is expected to power around half a million homes each year with green energy.
The wind farm is also estimated to offset around 600,000 tons of carbon emissions or a 1% reduction in Ireland’s annual carbon emissions.