Offshore wind farms may spawn 50,000 jobs

6 Sep 2011

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Some 50,000 jobs can result in the next 15 years from offshore wind farms off Ireland’s east coast, the general secretary of the National Offshore Wind Association of Ireland has said.

Brian Britton spoke at an Energy Ireland seminar on offshore wind in Belfast today.

“With all this development in the Irish seas, it is logical that we can attract supply chain activity to our island,” Britton said.

“This is a growing industry and meeting the ambitious targets that are being set means new investment in supply chain by large multinational companies.”

However, Britton added, Ireland will be competing for these jobs with Wales, Liverpool and Glasgow, and ports along the Irish Sea. “Ireland, north and south, needs to show that we are open for business,” he said.

Nearly €60bn will be invested to produce 20GW of offshore wind energy generation planned for waters in the Irish Sea.