ESB is Ireland's foremost energy company and the largest supplier of renewable electricity in Ireland. Through innovation, expertise and investment, ESB is leading the way in developing a modern, efficient electricity system, capable of delivering sustainable and competitive energy supplies to our customers. Every day, ESB works for a better energy future by investing in low carbon generating technologies, building smarter electricity networks and working with others to find innovative solutions to today's energy challenges.
ESB is collaborating with internationally respected developers to develop large scale projects in Ireland and the UK. To date, ESB has acquired a shareholding in the 353MW Galloper Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk, partnered with Parkwind to develop the Oriel and Clogherhead projects in the Irish Sea and invested in the Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland with EDF Renewables. A development partnership with Equinor was agreed in 2019 and since then the two companies have been working together to identify suitable sites for new offshore windfarms in Irish waters.
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Equinor is developing as a broad energy company, and on 2 November this year Equinor announced its ambition to become a net-zero energy company by 2050.
The company aims to become a global offshore wind major and expects to increase its current installed capacity to 12-16 GW, around 30 times the current level, by 2035.
Equinor is building material offshore wind clusters in the North Sea, the US North East and in the Baltic Sea and powers over one million European homes with renewable electricity from offshore wind. In the UK, the company currently operates three offshore wind farms, including the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland. As well as progressing Dogger Bank, Equinor plans to extend two of its UK wind farms, doubling its offshore wind capacity off the coast of Norfolk.
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ESB and Equinor have identified the following projects which we will seek to take to the next stage. This stage will comprise more detailed site investigations, surveying and consultation to assist decision making on project feasibility.
Sea Stacks Offshore Wind - www.seastacksoffshorewind.ie
Celtic Offshore Wind - www.celticoneoffshorewind.ie
LochGarman Offshore Wind - www.lochgarmanoffshorewind.ie
Moneypoint Offshore Wind - www.moneypointoffshorewind.ie