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SPOTLIGHT ON IRELAND


FACILITY CAPABILITY


With a 480m long deepwater quay capable of handling three project vessels simultaneously and a supporting 50 acre hinterland area for storage of turbines, blades and foundations, the facility is capable of supporting the construction of Round 3 scale windfarms using the largest available windfarm installation vessels, such as the Pacific Orca.


LONG TERM COMMITMENT DONG Energy holds licences for a significant project portfolio in the Irish Sea, and having provided a long term lease commitment to Belfast Harbour for the D1 Offshore Wind Terminal, this has seen other elements of the supply chain having the confidence to invest in operations in the Belfast Harbour area.


FURTHER DEVELOPMENT


Furthermore, the potential of Belfast Harbour to provide further development opportunities in this sector is unrivalled in Irish Sea terms. The port authority has a number of other strategic development sites, totalling some 100 acres, which are suitable for large scale manufacturing and logistics activity in the offshore renewables sector.


One water fronting development site of almost 50 acres, already has planning consent in place for a new quay wall, and would be the perfect location for a large scale manufacturing operation, such as foundations, towers, blades or cable manufacturing.


EXPERTISE AND TRACK RECORD Crucially, Belfast Harbour has the expertise and track record of delivering of major port infrastructure projects in shortened timescales, evidenced no more so than by the D1 Offshore Wind Terminal project which was taken from concept to completion in 22 months. This agility and speed of execution makes Belfast Harbour the perfect port partner for the offshore wind sector.


BELFAST HARBOUR BASED BUSINESSES


With several other Belfast Harbour based businesses operating successfully in this sector, such as Harland & Wolff, and Ridgeway Renewables (a leading provider of innovative scour protection solutions), the ‘business’ element of the hub is increasingly well developed.


ACADEMIC ESTABLISHMENTS It is equally well complemented by higher education and R&D establishments also located in Belfast Harbour. Belfast Metropolitan College, Northern Ireland’s largest 3rd level education institution, has recently founded the Energy Skills Training Network focussed on developing the skills pipeline required to support the growing local demand for skilled personnel.


The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE) is also located in Belfast Harbour. A joint collaboration between industry and our local universities, it can provide a base for renewable energy companies using composites to carry out collaborative research, thereby reducing, amongst other things, risk and development timescales.


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY SUPPORT


The local economic development agency, Invest Northern Ireland, is very supportive of the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland generally and as a result, Belfast Harbour Commissioners is confident that, together with its partners in the public and private sector, a compelling package can be put together to attract further supply chain and manufacturing activity to the Belfast Harbour area.


Belfast Harbour www.belfast-harbour.co.uk


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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