Irish Utility Plans World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Project wants to use Enron 3.6MW turbines for a total of 520MW of offshore power at Arklow Banks off the Irish Coast.

Published: 29-Dec-2001

CULLIAGH, Donegal, IE -- The Irish energy provider, Eirtricity, has opened a windfarm, while it plans one of the largest offshore wind facilities in the world.

Ireland's first privately-funded windfarm was opened by Irish energy minister Joe Jacob. The IR£3 million facility will generate 12 megawatt from the Culliagh plant, outside Ballybofey. The company also asked the minister recently to open a windfarm near Ballyconnell in Country Cavan, which uses two 1.5 MW Enron turbines.

This brings the green power capacity of Eirtricity to 40 MW, and the utility has windfarm projects totaling 2,300 MW in the works in Ireland, Britain and Scotland. The company is planning to build the 520 MW Arklow Banks windfarm off the Irish coast, south of Dublin, at a cost of Euros 550 million.

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