Wednesday, February 13 16:05:39
Belfast Harbour has handed over a new £50m offshore wind terminal to DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables.
The terminal is the first purpose-built offshore wind installation and pre-assembly harbour in the UK or Ireland and will create up to 300 jobs.
DONG Energy has signed a lease for the terminal which will be used initially to support the development of the West of Duddon Sands Wind farm in the Irish Sea , a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and DONG Energy. Work on the wind farm has already started and Belfast Harbour has received its first shipment of wind farm components. It's anticipated that the first turbines will depart Belfast this summer for erection at the site.
Welcoming the handover, Len O'Hagan, Belfast Harbour's Chairman, said:
"Delivering this immense project on time and on budget has been a major achievement. This is a historic development for Belfast which has the potential to usher in a major new industry for Northern Ireland - a development which is all the more poignant given that this is the Harbour's 400th anniversary year.
Attending the official handover were Northern Ireland's First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson MLA and Martin McGuinness MLA; Charles Jordan, Project Director, ScottishPower Renewables; Len O'Hagan, Belfast Harbour's Chairman and Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy's UK Country Chairman.