ESB ramps up wind farm ex­pan­sion plans in the UK

Irish Independent - Business Week - - BUSINESSWEEK - John Mulligan

THE ESB is ad­vanc­ing plans to roll-out new wind farms in Scot­land and across Bri­tain from 2019, as devel­op­ment of the new projects nears.

The com­pany is es­tab­lish­ing a frame­work agree­ment for com­pa­nies that will work on a range of works as­so­ci­ated with the wind farms, such as in­stalling elec­tri­cal sys­tems, fi­bre- op­tic ca­ble, tele­coms in­fra­struc­ture, wiring and grid con­nec­tion works.

The ESB will ini­tially de­velop be­tween 300MW and 500MW of wind farms, pri­mar­ily in Scot­land, but is also work­ing on in­tended projects across Bri­tain.

The semi- State power firm, which has of­fi­cially en­tered the hugely com­pet­i­tive Bri­tish res­i­den­tial elec­tric­ity and gas mar­ket, re­cently re­vealed it’s also work­ing on de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of off­shore wind farms in the Ir­ish Sea and other lo­ca­tions.

Ear­lier this year, the ESB said that it sees sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial in Scot­land for wind farm devel­op­ment.

“A suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship was formed two years ago with Co­ri­o­lis En­ergy and both com­pa­nies con­tinue to work to­gether to pro­vide devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties on a num­ber of sites across Scot­land,” it said. “This port­fo­lio has the po­ten­tial to de­liver sig­nif­i­cant new ad­di­tional on­shore wind ca­pac­ity for ESB. It is likely that plan­ning de­ci­sions will be made on a num­ber of th­ese sites in 2017 and 2018.”

The ESB is also de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of projects in Eng­land, in­clud­ing a new €1bn power plant in York­shire.

The ESB has told its new UK power cus­tomers that it has in­vested £ 2bn in Bri­tain over the past 25 years.

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