This week South East Radio looked at sustainability at Rosslare Europort with Glenn Carr.
- Rosslare Europort management has announced 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.
- After a history making 2021 which saw Rosslare Europort become Ireland’s number one port for direct RoRo/Pax services to Europe, the port outlined its vision to become the Offshore Renewable Energy Hub of Ireland at a seminar in the Terminal Building today.
- The Offshore Renewable Energy hub plan represents an investment estimated at €200 million, and will be aligned with existing developments such as:
- Rosslare Europort Masterplan, including port digitalisation: These works will reflect its status as Ireland’s Gateway to Europe and will include 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 planned 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 will 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.
- In total, these developments and the ORE Hub plan will see a total of €350 million invested in the port and its environs.
Why Rosslare Europort?
- Ireland represents one of the best ORE resources in Europe, with a sea area of 490,000sq kms. Rosslare Europort is ideally positioned to serve the many Offshore Wind developments planned in the Irish and Celtic seas, the majority of which are located within 100 nautical miles of Rosslare.
- The national Climate Action Plan targets five gigawatts from ORE by the end of 2030, and Rosslare has unmatchable advantages to support this, and act as a new sustainable hub for the South East. These include:
- The port is uniquely located within 60 nautical miles of most of the planned developments in the Irish and Celtic seas.
- Access can be developed to provide the key infrastructure requirements to serve the different stages of the OSW projects to include, marshalling, assembly, staging and load out of key components, ongoing operations, maintenance and crew transfers.
- The support of national and local government, industry and tourism, including the notable support of Port of Waterford