Ireland has a port infrastructure consisting of the following key locations that have the facilities to provide support and services to marine renewable energy.
In 2012 an assessment of the Irish ports and shipping requirements for the marine renewable energy industry was undertaken by the Irish Maritime Development Office.
The selection and categorisation of Irish Ports for Offshore Renewable Energy Services was based on characteristics deemed as being a minimum requirement to service the offshore renewable energy sector.
- Port infrastructure, facilities and available quay space and hinterland.
- Depth of water available.
- Past experience with the renewable energy and/or offshore energy sectors.
- Proximity to markets.
- Potential for job creation.
- Local skills available including technical, engineering, shipbuilding / repair and maritime support services.
Each port was analysed and categorised according to:
- Proximity to Main Test Beds & Offshore Installation Sites
- Quayside Suitability & Storage
- General Port Infrastructure
- Hinterland Access
- Suitability to Facilitate Renewable Development
- Previous Experience in the Offshore Sector
- Future Strategy for developing and supporting OE
Category A: Large scale construction, assembly and service ports
To reach a Category A status a port would need to be in a position to meet almost all the criteria which large foreign investors are likely to seek from a site location.
Category B: Strategic support operations and maintenance ports
Category B ports have an important role to play in servicing future offshore demand but shall probably not have the same scope to handle in the short term a large scale investment given natural hinterland or other constraints.
Category C: Service ports
The ports in this sector, while meeting the initial selection criteria, do not have any immediate plans to expand or develop into the Irish Ports Offshore Renewable Energy Services (IPORES) areas. Any job growth would be very niche orientated and limited to small local service providers in the initial phases.
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