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Belfast Harbour invests in renewables for the future

By: Chris Taylor
04 May 2011

Belfast Harbour is to become a renewables mecca, investing £40m into a new quay for the production of wind turbines, Offshore Shipping Online reports.

The 450m quay will have 50 acres of dedicated logistics space and will create up to 300 full time jobs and 150 construction roles. Those involved in logistics work are waiting with baited breath for the final agreement to be signed with Danish offshore wind manufacturer, Dong Energy.

The renewables group wish to achieve "a long and fruitful relationship" with Belfast Harbour, and predict that 11,000 new offshore wind turbines will be produced in UK and Irish waters over the next 20 years.

Len O'Hagan, Belfast Harbour's Chairman commented on the final stages of the deal: "This initiative, which the Harbour has been pursuing for well over a year, has the potential to kick-start Belfast's aspirations to become a leading player in the new green economy."

"Belfast Harbour has a long track record of investing in new infrastructure. Our expectation is that investment in a new offshore wind facility will help establish a new 21st century renewable cluster."

According to the Belfast Telegraph, the Northern Island Renewables Industry Group seeks to commit the nation to achieving 40 per cent of its electricity consumption through the use of renewable sources by 2020.

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