Port loses in wind farm bid
Published 04/06/2014 | 05:22
Arklow has lost out on the lucrative contract to build turbines and blades for the first phase of the multi-million Euro windfarm to be created off the town's coastline.
General Electric, who have been awarded the contract, have decided to use Rosslare port instead of Arklow because they believe the local harbour is not wide enough to handle the equipment.
The turbine blades cannot be shipped out through the port piers as they will measure 104 metres in diameter when completed. The mouth of the harbour is only 50 metres.
The harbour has also been ruled out as the assembly point for the turbines, gears and blades because it is not big enough to handle the size of barge that will be needed to take the equipment to the Arklow Bank.