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Krk Harbor has been identified as a gateway to change in Europe’s transition to renewable energy

Call for urgent government policy action to unleash the potential for floating offshore wind

Krk Harbor has the ability to become an unparalleled hub of offshore wind energy in the Celtic Sea since 2025, providing an opportunity for new industrial sectors to emerge in the region. This is to ensure that Cork Harbor unleashes its potential as a major contributor to Ireland’s climate action goals or risks losing a significant private sector, according to a report released today. We are urging the government to enact major policy changes. investment.

The European Commission estimates that Europe will need to produce 450 GW of offshore wind energy by 2050. Celtic Sea resource assessment studies estimate the potential for the development of floating offshore wind turbine capacities of up to 50 GW. Krk Harbor is in the process of converting to an offshore renewable energy hub by the private sector to realize this potential, with companies such as Green Rebel Marine, Mainport and Doyle Shipping Group (DSG) for around € 200 million. Investment is already underway. , Simply Blue Energy, DP Energy, and Cork Harbor.These companies work with the Cork Chamber of Commerce Krk Harbor 2025: Ready to Float Report.

Connor Healy, Chief Executive Officer of the Cork Chamber of Commerce, said:Krk Harbor is ideally located to support the development of floating offshore wind projects. Private sector investment that is already underway needs to be supported by progressive policy making at the government level. Otherwise, there is a risk that Krk Harbor will not reach its full potential. This report outlines the opportunities for cork to play an important role in using the power of offshore wind to support Ireland’s key climate action goals...

“”Floating offshore wind is an economic opportunity for our generation. Krk Harbor has the potential to become a hub for a whole new industrial sector. This has not been seen since Ringaskiddy was designated as a drug cluster by IDA in the 1970s, and has had a significant positive impact on infrastructure development and employment prospects.region, “He added.

According to the report, Cork Harbor has already benefited from many important strategic benefits, making it a great place to designate as a strategic hub for floating offshore wind projects under the Ireland 2040 National Development Plan. .. The report calls for the use of the Coke County Development Plan 2022-2028 to zone the area of ​​Krk Harbor for land-use activities that support floating offshore wind. In addition, we are urging the government to include floating offshore wind projects in the Celtic Sea as a means of achieving the 5GW offshore wind climate action goal by 2030.

One of the world’s largest natural harbors with extensive maritime and energy infrastructure, the port is located close to the Celtic Sea and supports east, south and west coast development and projects. It is in an ideal location. French and British coasts. Regional transportation infrastructure, supply chain development, and the availability of a skilled workforce further strengthened the report’s conclusion that Krk Harbor offers unique economic opportunities.

The report focuses on modern facilities available at the port, including the Cork Dockyard (owned by DSG), which has been identified as an ideal base for operating large offshore wind operations in the region. I’m guessing. The report shows that the redevelopment of the dockyard to a clean, green facility, scheduled for planning in 2021, will be an essential project when it comes to supporting floating offshore wind turbines. I am. Plans to expand the Cork Port Ringas Kiddy Terminal to deep-sea berths are also emphasized as an important factor in ensuring that the port is capable of handling increased traffic.

Krk Harbor has been identified as a gateway to change in Europe’s transition to renewable energy Krk Harbor has been identified as a gateway to change in Europe’s transition to renewable energy

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