Project logistics company XELLZ has acquired the use of land at Port of Rosslare in Ireland it intends to use to provide services to the offshore wind industry in the UK and Ireland
In early 2020, XELLZ secured approximately 200,000 m2 of land at Port of Rosslare. It has now divided the land into zones and the entire area will be known as Rosslare Europort Business Park (EBP).
Through its offshore services subsidiary 24shore and XELLZ Ireland, the Dutch company will establish an offshore wind supply base to support future offshore windfarms.
The EBP area has been divided into five different zones, which are situated alongside a planned access road to the port. The land adjoins the port area, with direct access to the quay, and will be used for offshore supply base operations including pre-installation assembly and mobilisation.
XELLZ chief executive Peter Bouwhuis said, “Today marks the beginning for this development, which will serve offshore windfarms in the Irish and Celtic Sea.
“EBP’s land gives direct access to the quay for loading and offloading offshore wind equipment, and we are now ready to talk to interested parties.”
Mr Bouwhuis said the EBP provides ample storage and assembly areas to manage wind turbines, transition pieces and mobilisation equipment. Space is also available for small and medium size enterprises interested in providing maintenance, operational and repair services.
XELLZ said the facility at Port of Rosslare will be able to serve the Irish and the Celtic Sea as well as reaching the UK east coast and continental Europe.
The Irish Government recently set out a commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Offshore wind is expected to play a part in this process. In July 2019, it adopted a Climate Action Plan which specifies that renewables should provide 70% of electricity generation by 2030. Offshore wind is expected to deliver at least 3.5 GW in support of reaching this target.
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