From 21 to 23 March, a delegation of 15 Dutch offshore wind companies paid a successful visit to Ireland. During an intensive program the participating companies were extensively informed about the Irish plans for offshore wind, they spoke with the developers of the first Irish wind farms that are now being developed and they took part in a network activity that also included 100 Irish offshore wind companies.
The Dutch delegation was led by Holland Home of Wind Energy (HHWE) and consisted of Van Oord, Boskalis, Dieseko Group, IQIP, NjordIC, TNO, Mammoet, Sif Group, Dutch Drilling Consultants (DDC), HSM Offshore Energy, Seaway 7, Smulders, TWD, SPT Offshore and Xellz.
Ireland aims to have 5 GW of offshore wind operational by 2030. During the mission, the first 7 so-called phase 1 projects were announced. These are all bottom-fixed projects, but floating wind projects will also be developed in Ireland in the near future. The potential for floating wind is great in Ireland, especially on Ireland’s west coast.
The mission was organized by the Dutch Embassy in Dublin, HHWE and RVO/ICEP.
For more information about offshore wind in Ireland and the opportunities for Dutch companies, please contact Kees Mokveld or Arjen Schutten.