Energy: Belgium would like to connect to Irish offshore wind turbines

Energy: Belgium would like to connect to Irish offshore wind turbines
Energy: Belgium would like to connect to Irish offshore wind turbines

LWill Belgium soon be connected to Ireland by an electric cable passing through Great Britain? We’re not there yet. But the Belgian Minister of Energy, Tinne Van de Straeten (Groen), the Irish Minister of Climate, Eamon Ryan, and the British Minister of Nuclear and Renewable Energy, Andrew Bowie, signed this Wednesday in Bruges, on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting on offshore wind organized within the framework of the Belgian presidency of the European Union, a joint declaration “to study the commissioning of an interconnection between wind farms located off the Irish coast and the “Princess Elisabeth energy island, with the aim of creating an energy corridor between the three countries”.

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This is only the first step in a process which, if successful, is likely to take years. “Princess Elisabeth Island will open the second offshore wind zone in Belgium,” said Tinne Van der Straeten in a joint press release with her two counterparts. “It will also serve as a landing point for future hybrid interconnections. Through this partnership, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Belgium are realizing the ambitions set out at the North Sea Summit in Ostend a year ago: to make the North Sea the largest sustainable power station in the world. Europe”.

As a reminder, the nine countries present at the Ostend summit in April 2023 have set themselves the objective of installing 130 GW of wind capacity in the North Sea by 2030, and 300 GW by 2050. Currently , the combined capacity represents less than 30 GW, recall the three ministers.

The Princess Elisabeth energy island must both serve as a “sea outlet” to collect the current from the future wind turbines which will be planted off the coast of La Panne and bring it back to land, but it can also serve as a connection station for electricity interconnection cables with other renewable generation projects in the North Sea, such as Triton Link to Denmark and Nautilus with Great Britain. This latest project is separate from a possible future interconnection with Ireland.

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The joint declaration “establishes a framework for further discussions and detailed planning of the necessary infrastructure”, details the press release from the three ministers. “It demonstrates the desire of the three nations to pursue common objectives for a sustainable energy transition and the use of renewable resources. Stakeholders also commit to establishing a working group to report on common challenges, opportunities and solutions for the development of offshore renewable energy infrastructure. The results of this working group will be presented to interested parties, including ministers and regulators, during the first half of 2025.”

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