Ireland’s ESB has joined with Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited to form a 50:50 joint venture for Inch Cape Offshore Limited, a windfarm development off the east coast of Scotland
ESB executive director generation and trading Jim Dollard said, “We look forward to pooling our expertise and experience with a partner of the calibre of Red Rock Power to deliver the Inch Cape project.
“With consent for up to 1 GW and 72 turbines, this is a milestone investment in offshore wind for ESB and our ambition to lead the transition to a low-carbon future. It builds on similar partnerships ESB has with leading renewable energy companies in developing offshore wind projects off the coast of Ireland and Great Britain.”
Red Rock chief executive Guy Madgwick said, “Inch Cape will, without a doubt, make a considerable impact on the country’s clean energy targets and create significant opportunities to support a green economic recovery.
“We look forward to working alongside our colleagues at ESB on the project and to applying synergies within our teams to drive the development forward to a successful build.”
Inch Cape is to be constructed 15 km off the east coast of Scotland and would become one of the country’s largest sources of renewable energy. The project recently received approval to increase its capacity to up to 1 GW, having already secured onshore and offshore consents in 2019. The windfarm will connect into the national grid at Cockenzie in East Lothian.
Scotland energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said, “Offshore wind will play a vital part in achieving our net-zero ambitions while helping to drive a strong, green economic recovery. Inch Cape has the potential to significantly contribute to this recovery, to help deliver Scotland’s net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and to support the Scottish supply chain.”
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