North Channel Wind, a proposed offshore energy generation scheme featuring floating wind turbines in the Irish Sea, has welcomed the joint statement of intent by The Crown Estate and the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy. The statement indicates close collaboration between the two bodies to create the conditions for offshore wind leasing in the Northern Ireland marine area.

Project Director Niamh Kenny says: “This is very welcome news as North Channel Wind begins consultations with coastal communities. We are aiming to develop clean, emissions-free electricity generation through an array of floating wind turbines between 9 and 25 km off the coasts of East Antrim and North Down. We look forward to playing our role in reducing Northern Ireland’s reliance on imported fossil fuelled energy and meeting the new targets for renewable energy.” 

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Editors’ notes: 

North Channel Wind is being developed under a co-development agreement between Ireland-based NMK Renewables and SBM Offshore.

SBM Offshore’s main activities are the design, supply, installation, operation and the life extension of floating production solutions for the offshore energy industry over the full lifecycle. The Company is market leading in leased floating production systems, with multiple units currently in operation. 

The Company employs approximately 6426 (as of end 2021) people worldwide spread over offices in our key markets, operational shore bases and the offshore fleet of vessels. 

SBM Offshore N.V. is a listed holding company headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It holds direct and indirect interests in other companies.