Irish company ESB plans to cooperate with Norwegian Equinor to develop a large 1400 MW floating wind turbine.
According to the plan, according to the Irish energy company ESB, the project will be part of the green energy hub investment in the old coal power plant Moneypoint.
According to reports, it may be completed around 2030
According to the plan, the floating wind power project will be constructed in two phases. If the plan is realized, it will be the largest floating offshore wind power project in the world so far. Irish Times Point out that the cost is more than 2 billion euros, or more than 20 billion kronor.
The installed capacity of 1,400 MW is almost 16 times that of Hywind Tampen, a floating offshore wind power project under construction in Norway. Hywind Tampen has a power of 88 MW and costs 5 billion Norwegian kroner.
According to the “Irish Times” report, the Moneypoint power plant will stop burning coal before 2025. During low winds, it has always been an important power supplier.
The European Central Bank plans to use the region as a center for the construction of a floating offshore wind power base. There are also plans to produce hydrogen in the area.
The European Central Bank called the restructuring project the “Green Atlantic” and said its total cost would reach billions of euros.
Liquid wind power is still more expensive than offshore wind power and onshore wind power. The European Central Bank did not specify what subsidies the project will require and how it will be financed.
Equinor informed E24 that the company will not report the project at this stage, but Moneypoint is one of several interesting areas the company has identified in Ireland.