Parkwind, one of Europe’s leading offshore wind farm developers, has agreed to a significant investment to become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm—the 330-MW offshore wind project proposed for the North Irish Sea. Oriel Wind Farm is the front-runner of Ireland’s offshore wind projects and this partnership strengthens Oriel’s ambition to become the first of a new generation of offshore wind farms in operations by combining the excellence of Parkwind with the strength of the existing Irish shareholders.
Ireland has a vast offshore wind energy potential, that is about to be developed in the coming decade. The location of the future Oriel Wind Farm can benefit from an excellent wind resource, shelter from high wave loads and has favorable water depths and good seabed conditions. As Pioneer, the Oriel Wind Farm is considered in Ireland as an exemplary project for the offshore wind industry in the Irish market and will provide green energy for 250.000 Irish homes.
Aside from its international ambitions Parkwind also aims to build the Northwester 2 project, a 224-MW offshore wind farm in the Belgian territorial waters, in 2020. Together with the 330-MW of the Oriel Wind Farm, Parkwind plans to have more than 1000 MW of offshore wind production capacity operating by 2020, substantially contributing to the 20/20 European targets of sustainable energy.
“We are confident we can play a vital role for the emerging Irish offshore wind industry,” added Oriel Project Director Peter Caluwaerts. ‘”It is our ambition to finalize the construction of the Oriel Wind Farm in 2020, thus assisting Ireland in reaching its 2020 renewable energy targets. To achieve such ambitious timeline, we will immediately invest in the development of the Wind Farm and set up a full-scale project team, consisting of our own experienced people from Parkwind on the one hand and dedicated Irish professionals on the other hand.”
Parkwind believes it can support the Irish government in establishing the Irish offshore wind industry while generating economic activity and employment over the entire lifetime of the project. In recent years offshore wind has become an important part of the energy mix of the future and main driver in reaching the European targets of sustainable energy.
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