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Source Galileo and Rosslare Europort sign agreement to develop offshore wind projects

April 22nd 2024
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22 April 2024: Dublin, Ireland: Source Galileo, a leading Irish and European renewable energy development company, and Iarnród Éireann, the Port Authority for Rosslare Europort, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together with the aim of achieving the common goal of developing Rosslare Europort as a key facilitator in the delivery of large-scale offshore wind farm projects in Irish coastal waters. 

A redevelopment plan for Rosslare Europort to facilitate both offshore wind farm construction, and operations and maintenance, is currently being progressed by Iarnród Éireann. It plans to establish the port, its hinterland, and the south-east region as Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub, with the potential to create up to 2,000 jobs. 

While the joint agreement between Source Galileo and Iarnród Éireann is non-exclusive in nature, it seeks to combine their respective fields of expertise and knowledge to maximise the opportunities and potential to develop their respective development plans. 

Source Galileo and Rosslare Europort sign agreement to develop offshore wind projects
Pictured at the announcement: Glenn Carr, Director Commercial Business Units for Iarnród Éireann, Port Authority Rosslare Europort and Sarah Gibson, Senior Project Engineer, Source Galileo and Shane Liddy, Offshore Project Manager, Source Galileo

Source Galileo is developing 10 GW of offshore wind to electricity and wind to hydrogen projects off the coasts of Europe. Its portfolio includes the Mac Lir project, a proposed offshore wind farm located off the coasts of Wicklow and Wexford.  

The project has a target installed capacity of 700 MW+, which equates to approximately 15% of Ireland’s commitment to achieve 5 GW of offshore wind by 2030. The project also has the potential to meet the needs of over 600,000 households and to offset over one million tonnes of carbon emissions each year.  

At its nearest point, Mac Lir’s proposed turbine array area will be over 22 kilometres off the east coast, lying entirely outside Ireland’s 12 nautical mile foreshore limit. This area, which spans from south of Arklow to Cahore Point, has been strategically selected by Source Galileo to reduce visibility from the coast, to limit environmental and economic impacts and to harness stronger wind speeds that are found further offshore.  

Ingka Investments, the investment arm of Ingka Group, the largest IKEA retailer, has secured a 20% stake in the Irish offshore wind projects of Source Galileo, which includes the Mac Lir project. Work is underway to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report for the project, with the aim to submit a planning application for the project in late 2026. 

Rosslare Europort is uniquely located within 60-100 nautical miles of most of the planned Offshore Renewal Energy developments in the Irish and Celtic seas. To deliver its vision for ORE, Rosslare Europort plans significant works including: 

  • ORE purpose-built quay and berth. 

  • ORE quayside storage and pre-construction / up to 50 acres in area. 

  • Navigable channel dredged down to a minimum of 9-11 metres depth. 

  • Management Control Centre and management offices and facilities for Operations and Maintenance. 

Glenn Carr, Director Commercial Business Units for Iarnród Éireann, Port Authority Rosslare Europort said: “Rosslare Europort is excited to work with Source Galileo whose vision for the potential of ORE aligns with our own.  We believe there are strong synergies to be achieved as we work together to place this renewable energy industry at the heart of Ireland’s decarbonised future.” 

“Source Galileo is developing a portfolio of projects that will generate substantial clean renewable energy direct to homes and business across Ireland. We look forward to working with Iarnród Éireann to jointly develop solutions that will assist the Government to accelerate its targets"

Kevin Lynch, CEO of Source Galileo

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Source Galileo:

Gina Cassidy 

Chief Operations Officer 

Source Galileo Ltd 

Gina.Cassidy@sourcegalileo.com 

+353 (0)87 8326699 

 

Rosslare Europort: 

Barry Kenny 

Head of Corporate Communications 

Iarnród Éireann – Port Authority for Rosslare Europort 

Barry.Kenny@irishrail.ie 

+353 (0)87 2381224 

 

About Source Galileo 

Source Galileo Ltd is a European renewable energy developer, focused on creating the opportunity for long-term ownership of renewable energy projects. Source Galileo is developing large-scale offshore wind projects, and onshore battery, solar and now hydrogen projects. Source Galileo has offices in Dublin, London and Haugesund, Norway, and is backed by a group of major institutional investors. sourcegalileo.com 

 

About Rosslare Europort 

Rosslare Europort is Ireland’s Gateway to Europe, and was awarded the title European Ferryport of the Year in 2023.  Building on a six-fold increase in direct services to/from the European continent, the port is now at the centre of a series of exciting investment programmes which will boost the port, the region and the wider economy.  In addition to the ORE Hub plans, these include 

  • Rosslare Europort Masterplan: new freight and passenger facilities, storage, export and import facilities, berth extension. Matching the port’s physical transformation, a digitalisation of systems and operations is also underway which will deliver a better, more effective and more efficient Port   

  • Office of Public Works Project T7, to develop a permanent Border Control Post within the port, to provide the facilities and systems for all aspects of Border Control   

  • New TII N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road to ensure a better experience for port users and enhance quality of life for those living and working in the area by taking trucks out of the village and improving access and connectivity to the port.