ESB and Equinor to Deliver Potential Offshore Wind Projects

ESB and Equinor under a new partnership will work to identify suitable sites for new offshore wind farms in Irish waters and work to mature potential future wind projects.

ESB Equinor Offshore Wind

ESB has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Equinor, to work to identify suitable sites for new offshore wind farms in Irish waters and work to mature potential future wind projects. The potential for energy storage technology and other technologies to complement offshore wind operations will also be examined, under the partnership.

It is the ambition of the partnership to explore opportunities for large scale wind projects towards commercial operation by 2030, thus contributing to the wider goals of the Irish Government on energy transition. This partnership will also support the Government’s 2050 vision for a net-zero carbon economy through fixed and floating offshore wind farms and enabling technologies.

Welcoming the partnership, ESB Generation and Trading Executive Director Jim Dollard, said that “through this partnership, we are demonstrating our commitment to creating a low-carbon future, powered by clean electricity. The delivery of offshore wind projects in Ireland further supports our strategy to significantly reduce the carbon intensity of the electricity we generate.

By collaborating with innovative, like-minded organisations such as Equinor we will play a leading role in the transition to a clean energy future. Equinor’s scale and capabilities making them an ideal long-term partner. Today’s announcement represents a significant commitment by ESB in offshore wind in Ireland.”

The initiation of this partnership is timely. The Government’s Climate Action Plan, published in June of this year, set a target to have at least 3.5GW of offshore wind for Ireland in the next decade, which will help renewables account for 70 percent of electricity generation by 2030. With a sea area, almost 10 times the size of its landmass, Ireland has very significant offshore wind capacity.

“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,” said Senior Vice President for business development in New Energy Solutions, Equinor Jens O. Økland.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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