A Wexford based company has been appointed to oversee the design of a major expansion of the Arklow Bank wind park (ABWP) off the Co Wicklow coastline.
WindSafety, which is based at 81 North Main Street, Wexford, is owned and managed by Jack Hennessy, who is originally from Enniscorthy.
A safety engineer, Mr Hennessy is a member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland's TC30 Risk Management Consultative Committee for the development of the international standard for risk management.
In addition to his role on the ABWP project Mr Hennessy was also appointed as design safety engineer on the new Enniscorthy Technology Park adjacent to the former St Senan's Hospital.
WindSafety was appointed to the Arklow project along with its partner company, Axis Environmental Services, and it's a very significant contract for the Wexford business.
Mr Hennessy said he's looking forward to seeing the project develop.
The existing ABWP - just over 20 megawatts (MW) - was the first offshore wind farm in Ireland and, at the time of construction, was the world's first installation in wind turbines rated over 3MW.
However, the new offshore wind park to which WindSafety has been appointed will be significantly larger in terms of output, which it's estimated will be in excess of 520MW.
The 18 turbines in Castledockrell and the 21 turbines in Ballywater, which themselves are substantial developments, have a capacity of just over 40MW each but the new ABWP will have a capacity 13 times greater than either of them.
The ABWP will be capable of generating around 1.75TWh of renewable electricity annually which will be enough green energy to power 420,000 homes and offset 640,000 tonnes of harmful carbon emissions each year.