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Monday 11 December 2017

Wind power firm pledges 3,000 jobs

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

A PROPOSED wind-farm system in the midlands supplying power directly to the UK could create 3,000 full-time jobs and several thousand more construction roles, if a planning application for the network is approved. That is the verdict of renewable energy firm Element Power, which yesterday revealed plans for the enormous wind farm project across the centre of the country.

The plans call for 40 wind farms, consisting of 500 to 700 wind turbines, spread out across a number of counties including Offaly, Westmeath, Laois, Kildare and Meath. The project will also see two pipelines laid across the Irish sea to supply 30 gigawatts of electricity to Britain. That would be enough to supply about 30pc of the population there.

Element said the so-called "Greenwire" project, would require an €8bn investment and could see 10,000 jobs created for the construction of the project and then another 3,000 long-term roles in maintenance and related roles.

It is now preparing a planning application here, which is expected to be submitted later next year.

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