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Iberdrola acquires 3GW Irish offshore wind pipeline

The Spanish developer has moved into the Irish offshore market, having agreed to acquire majority stakes in three nascent projects that could provide 3GW between them

Ireland's only operating offshore project is in the Irish Sea off the country's east coast (pic credit: SSE)
Ireland's only operating offshore project is in the Irish Sea off the country's east coast (pic credit: SSE)

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They are located in three clusters. The 1000MW Inis Ealga Inis Ealga (1000MW) Offshoreoff County Cork, Ireland, Europe Click to see full details off County Cork and the 1000MW Clarus Clarus (1000MW) Offshoreoff County Clare, Ireland, Europe Click to see full details off County Clare will be developed as floating projects, while the 1000MW Shelmalere Shelmalere (1000MW) OffshoreIreland, Europe Click to see full details off the east coast will comprise fixed foundations.

Once operational, they could generate enough green energy to power the equivalent of 2.6m Irish households, according to Iberdrola. Initially developed by DP Energy, at least two of the three are expected to be operational between 2028 and 2030.

Currently, Ireland’s only operational offshore wind farm is the 25.2MW Arklow Bank Arklow Bank (25.2MW) OffshoreOff Arklow, Co Wicklow, Wicklow, Ireland, Europe Click to see full details. Located off the coast of County Wicklow, it was developed by GE and SSE. The latter plans to add a 520MW extension, known as 520MW Arklow Bank 2 Arklow Bank 2 (520MW) Offshoreoff Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland, Europe Click to see full details.

Wind experts have in the past voiced concerns about the difficulties of harvesting the Atlantic wind resources off Ireland’s west coast for floating projects. Nevertheless, the Irish government last year sought to accelerate over 3GW of offshore wind capacity through a new marine permitting regime. Its climate change policies include plans for 5GW of operational offshore wind capacity by 2030, with some estimates putting Ireland’s potential offshore wind capacity at 40GW.

Iberdrola will acquire a majority stake in Cork-based DP Energy’s offshore business. DP Energy is already working with Iberdrola, at the 317MW Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park in South Australia.

The latest acquisition adds to Iberdrola`s growing offshore wind portfolio, which includes the 350MW Wikinger Wikinger (350MW) Offshorenorth-east of Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Europe Click to see full details and 476.25MW Baltic Eagle Baltic Eagle (476.25MW) OffshoreGermany, Europe Click to see full details projects in the German Baltic Sea, 714MW East Anglia ONE East Anglia ONE (714MW) Offshoreoff Suffolk, England, UK, Europe Click to see full details and the East Anglia Hub – 800MW East Anglia ONE North East Anglia ONE North (800MW) Offshoreoff Suffolk, England, UK, Europe Click to see full details, 900MW East Anglia TWO East Anglia TWO (900MW) Offshoreoff Suffolk, England, UK, Europe Click to see full details and the 1400MW East Anglia THREE East Anglia THREE (1400MW) Offshoreoff Suffolk, UK, Europe Click to see full details projects in the North Sea, 389MW West of Duddon Sands West of Duddon Sands (389MW) OffshoreSouth-west of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, North West England, UK, Europe Click to see full details in the Irish Sea, Vineyard Wind – 400MW Vineyard Wind 1 phase I Vineyard Wind 1 phase I (400MW) Offshoreoff Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA, North America Click to see full details and 400MW Vineyard Wind 1 phase II Vineyard Wind 1 phase II (400MW) Offshoreoff Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA, North America Click to see full details – off the coast of Massachusetts and 496MW Saint Brieuc Saint Brieuc (496MW) Offshoreoff Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, France, Europe Click to see full details in France.

In Denmark, Iberdrola is also working with Total on an auction process for the 1000MW Thor Thor (1000MW) Offshoreoff Central Jutland, Denmark, Europe Click to see full details offshore wind farm. Elsewhere, it has also acquired 9GW of early-stage offshore capacity in Sweden, more than 3GW in Japan and up to 7.3GW in Poland bringing its global offshore pipeline to more than 30 GW.

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