ESB and Equinor partner for new offshore windfarms in Irish waters

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Ireland’s electricity supplier Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has partnered with Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor for offshore wind projects in Ireland.

Under the partnership, the two companies will work to identify suitable sites for new offshore windfarms in Irish waters.

In addition, the partnership intends to work together to mature potential future wind projects.

ESB and Equinor will explore opportunities for large scale wind projects towards commercial operation by 2030.

By doing so, the duo expect to contribute to the wider goals of the Irish Government on energy transition.

Through fixed and floating offshore wind farms and enabling technologies, the two companies will also support the Government’s 2050 vision for a net zero carbon economy.

In June, the Government’s Climate Action Plan had set a target to have at least 3.5GW of offshore wind for Ireland in the next decade.

The target is expected to result in renewables accounting for 70% of electricity generation by 2030.

Ireland holds very significant offshore wind capacity, as its sea area almost 10 times the size of its landmass.

Equinor brings its significant global experience in the development and operation of offshore wind energy projects to the partnership, while ESB will complement it with its existing expertise and experience of developing and operating generation projects in the Irish and UK market.

Equinor New Energy Solutions Jens O. Økland said: “We are looking forward to a strong collaboration with ESB, where we will jointly explore offshore wind opportunities in the Irish market.

“ESB brings local knowledge and expertise and in the ongoing energy transition offshore wind can contribute as an important source of renewable providing energy to people and progress to society,”

The partnership will enable ESB to strengthen its commitment to the development of an offshore wind portfolio in the Irish market, following its recent investment in the Galloper offshore windfarm in the UK.