Irish Port Eyes Offshore Wind Opportunities. Faucets
Shannon Foynes Port Company has chosen Bechtel to update its Vision 2041 master plan to accommodate offshore and onshore investment in and near its port in Ireland.
Bechtel will help the company determine how to ensure significant port growth and expansion, including how it can support the offshore wind industry and the production of alternative transportation fuels.
Shannon Foynes Port is located in Ireland’s deepest sheltered commercial port, with jurisdiction over all maritime activity over a 500 square kilometer area on the Shannon Estuary, stretching from Kerry to Loop Head to to the city of Limerick.
“Along the world’s busiest shipping lanes and with water depths of up to 32 metres, the port is uniquely positioned to develop as a cargo hub serving domestic, European and global markets. The port is the largest industrial employer in the region and currently has the capacity to handle over 10 million tonnes per year.The expansion, including a new one-kilometre-long quay, will increase capacity to 20 million tonnes per year and will include up to 1,200 hectares of land zoned for strategic development,” Bechtel said.
According to the company, the port is also well positioned close to the Atlantic wind resource which will be essential for Ireland to achieve its ambition of generating 20 GW of offshore wind by 2050.
The expanded facilities at Shannon Foynes, according to Bechtel, would include hydrogen and ammonia production facilities for long-term energy storage and would also consider exporting the renewable energy/fuels produced.
“Bechtel’s role will be to assess and update the port’s master plan, known as Vision 2041, to make the most of these benefits, further drive growth and support the offshore wind industry. emerging in the region,” Bechtel said.
“Nine years ago, Vision 2041 was seen as a very ambitious blueprint, but we have since achieved all of the high-end growth targets identified for the interim period. We have also identified in it the opportunity ahead for what was then only emerging sectors, such as offshore renewables,” said Patrick Keating, Director General of the SFPC. “The estuary is now seen not only by the SFPC, but by the sector internationally, as an emerging hub in the renewable energy supply chain. Additionally, there is additional growth potential for the estuary as a major logistics hub. »
“Accelerating these opportunities requires updating Vision 2041 so that we have a strategic roadmap to realize the unprecedented opportunity for the company, the region and, indeed, the state” , Keating continued. “This is a critical time for us and we are delighted that Bechtel is supporting us.
“Their portfolio spanning infrastructure, renewables, fuel generation and financing makes them uniquely qualified to help us maximize the benefits of our deepwater advantage and expansion plan, as well as creating jobs, the supplier opportunities, the economic growth it will bring. We look forward to finalizing this over the next few months and unveiling this ambition to put Ireland at the forefront of the world in renewable energy and logistics.”
Ports act as focal points for offshore wind
“There are growing reasons to invest in port infrastructure to support the growth of offshore wind, and the importance of building local supply chains cannot be understated,” John said. Williams, Bechtelmanaging director for the UK and Ireland.
“The ports act as focal points during the manufacture, installation and operation of offshore wind farms, and Shannon Foynes is strategically ideal to support the Irish offshore wind industry, as well as to expand to play an even greater role in European shipping. We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Shannon Foynes Port Company on their master plan update.”