Mayo County Council welcomes €31 million funding for offshore Wind Project off Belmullet Coast

Posted in Connect on March 21, 2019.

Mayo County Council has welcomed the approval of a €31 million project for a four-year floating offshore wind project off the coast of Belmullet.

With funding now secured from Interreg North West Europe it is planned that the first full-scale floating wind turbine will be deployed for testing at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland test site within three years.

Mayo County Council have worked tirelessly alongside the SEAI over the past three years to ensure this project received the green light and funding.

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, welcomed the funding announcement said ; “We are delighted with the announcement of the proposed Floating Wind Project to be deployed off the coast of Belmullet. This places Mayo at the heart of the Renewable Energy Industry and offers huge opportunities for the development of supply chain and supporting industries to develop and flourish here in Mayo.”

Michael O’Boyle, Head of Marine Development with Mayo County Council, added; “Mayo County Council have been facilitating the SEAI over the last three years in developing its Offshore Test Site off the Belmullet Coast. We see this as the first step in harnessing what is the now considered the greatest Renewable Energy Resource anywhere in Europe if not the world.”

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Blackie Gavin also welcomed the announcement; “This breakthrough is great news for County Mayo and a reward for all the hard work of our Enterprise and Investment Unit and is a major step forward for Marine development on the West Coast. We look forward to seeing it being pushed ahead as a matter of urgency.”

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