Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Michael Collins, has called for a cross-department taskforce to be created to highlight the floating offshore wind potential for the West Coast and Shannon Estuary.
A report published by Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions Ltd. (GDG) was commissioned by Shannon Foynes Port, and has identified an enormous scale of the opportunity,
Mayor Collins said: “As someone from West Limerick, we’ve been watching and waiting for some time for floating wind technology to be advanced so that the unrivalled wind potential off the West Coast, which we are all aware of, can be finally taken advantage of.
“It is of particular interest to us here on the Shannon Estuary because capitalising on that opportunity needs a huge manufacturing and industry supply chain that, in turn, requires a deep-water port.”
“It’s an incredible coming together and, as this report reveals, it’s handed us an opportunity to transform the regional economy, solve Ireland’s climate change targets and even turn Ireland into an energy exporter on a global scale,” he said.
Mayor Collins said there is potential job creation opportunities, but a first move is needed to prevent other nations going after it.
“Ambition alone will not make this happen- Limerick City and County Council is happy to play its part locally, working with other local authorities in the region. That is a given.”
“But what we really need is an interdepartmental approach to this, drawing from the likes of Environment and Climate Change, Finance, Marine, Enterprise, Transport, and the Department of the Taoiseach.”
“Shannon Foynes Port deserves congratulations for pursuing this opportunity quietly over recent years and now it’s time for us all to get behind it”, he added.