Northern Ireland-based contractor Farrans has won a £50M contract this week to build a new terminal at Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland that will be used as a base for offshore wind farm construction.
The new 20ha facility will initially to be used to house construction of the £1.6bn West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm by a joint venture of energy firms Dong Energy and ScottishPower Renewables.
Construction of the new facility will be completed by 2013. The development is the first bespoke offshore wind installation and pre-assembly harbour in the UK, and is part of Belfast Harbour’s wider plans to create a renewable energy hub.
Dong Energy will use the facility for its future Irish Sea operations after the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm is constructed.