Dong Energy are to open a $79m wind turbine factory in Belfast Lough, Ireland, by the end of 2012, making Belfast the hub for its wind turbine manufacturing operations.
Work will centre on the construction of a $2.5bn offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, to be known as ‘West of Duddon Sands’, a joint venture with ScottishPower Renewables and the facility will then be utilised by DONG Energy for its future Irish Sea operations.
A Belfast Harbour spokesman said that the work is on course for to meet its completion target.
“Construction work to develop a new terminal for the assembly of offshore wind turbines in Belfast is progressing well and is on schedule for completion in late 2012, becoming operational in early 2013,” he said.
Some $39bn is expected to be spent in the Irish Sea alone over the next 10 years on renewable energy.
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