Harbour Energy Plan generates Interest
The Permanent Secretary at the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Moira Wallace, has visited Belfast Harbour to learn more about its plans to develop a £40m terminal for DONG Energy, one of the world’s leading offshore wind developers. Ms Wallace met with Executives from both the Harbour and Invest Northern Ireland to discuss the project which will help the UK reach its target of generating 30% of all electricity from renewable sources by 2020. As part of that process almost 11,000 wind turbines are expected to be constructed in UK waters over the next 20 years.
Final go-ahead for the DONG Terminal project is expected in June with work on the 50-acre site due for completion by the end of 2012. The construction tender is scheduled for award in July and Planning Service has confirmed that development site works may proceed without an Environmental Impact Assessment. The project will create up to 300 permanent and 150 construction jobs.