Renewable energy hub to power digital infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Renewable Energy Hub

Irish floating offshore wind, wave energy, and low impact aquaculture developer, Simply Blue Group, have announced their latest offshore floating wind project ‘Nomadic Offshore Wind’ off Northern Ireland, alongside a related green energy deal with MJM Renewables at MJM Ballykelly.

The Nomadic Offshore Wind project will bring renewable offshore wind energy as a primary energy source for what is to become a renewable energy hub at the MJM Renewables site, Ballykelly. This ‘green’ energy will power projects within the hub including manufacturing facilities, hydrogen production, a data centre, and other advanced research and development industries.

To be located off Northern Ireland, Nomadic Offshore Wind will utilise floating offshore wind technology rather than fixed bottom structures, allowing positioning in deeper offshore areas with higher wind potential away from coastal shorelines, shipping lanes, and fishing grounds.

Speaking about the agreement between MJM Renewables and Simply Blue Group, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said: “It is great to see MJM Renewables, a home-grown company, playing a pivotal role in tackling climate change in Northern Ireland. This project sits well with the ethos of Northern Ireland’s new Energy Strategy, The Path to Net Zero Energy. With the current rise in energy prices being felt by businesses and the public alike, our plan to phase out fossil fuels to ensure more of the money we spend on energy stays in the local economy, helping the economy to prosper whilst creating jobs, has never been more prevalent.”

MJM Renewables Director Naoimh McConville said: “We are supportive of Northern Ireland’s energy strategy, and believe it is even more critical than ever to ensure secure, affordable, and green energy for future generations. It has been an exciting time for us working with Simply Blue Group to bring this project to Northern Ireland. The renewable energy hub will be the catalyst to attract and develop the green economy in the Northwest, and it will help drive the shift to a zero-carbon economy and society.”

Sam Roch-Perks, CEO of Simply Blue Group said: “We are delighted to add another offshore wind project to our portfolio. Northern Ireland represents huge opportunities for the renewable sector, and we look forward to combining our expertise and working with MJM Renewables to help realise their vision for a green energy hub at MJM Ballykelly.”

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