SSE Renewables has unveiled plans for a development at Arklow Harbour in County Wicklow of an operations and maintenance facility for the Arklow Bank offshore windfarm, Phase 2
The developer is inviting the public to share views during a public consultation which runs from 7-25 June. SSE Renewables will lodge a planning application with Wicklow County Council later in Q3 for the proposed development. The facility will act as the support base for the offshore windfarm over its operational lifetime.
The development is a key component of the planned Phase 2 520-MW Arklow Bank Wind Park, which will be built 6-13 km off the coast of Arklow. SSE Renewables is actively progressing its plans to deliver Ireland’s first offshore windfarm of scale by 2025 and expects to invest between €1.0Bn (US$1.2) and €2.0Bn to deliver the project.
Delivery of the planned operations and maintenance facility at Arklow Harbour’s South Dock will require an expected investment of around €15.0M.
SSE Renewables is proposing to develop the facility at a disused site known as The Old Shipyard. Approximately 60 construction roles will be created during the delivery phase of the facility and additional indirect supply chain roles are expected.
Once complete, the building will accommodate around 80 full-time employees who will be recruited to work on the windfarm once it becomes operational. These direct jobs will include site managers, supervisors, technicians, control room operators, engineers, vessel crew, stores and administration staff. The wider wind park project will also support thousands of indirect and induced jobs over the project’s lifetime.
The four-storey development for Arklow’s South Dock has been designed to be a ‘Nearly Zero Energy Building,’ meaning the building will operate to a very high energy performance. The facility will accommodate warehousing for wind turbine components, office and meeting space and staff welfare facilities.
Plans are also in place to provide a Sustainable Development Centre on the top floor overlooking the Harbour which will anchor the facility in the community and welcome visitors for educational tours, exhibitions and sustainability-themed events.
The nearshore element of the plans will see the existing disused syncrolift removed from the harbour’s dockside and replaced with berthing and pontoon facilities for crew transfer vessels.
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