Developer Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has been handed €1.4m ($1.9m) by the EU to help cover the cost of a seabed survey of the Irish Sea, as part of its 1.2GW plan to export wind power from Ireland to the UK.
MRP said the European Commission
funding will meet half the cost of survey work to plot the best route for the
The funds are forthcoming because MRP’s
Energy Bridge project – which aims to site 1.2GW of wind in the Irish Midlands –
has been designated a “Project of Common Interest” in Brussels, said the
The survey is due to be carried out in
2014 and 2015.
MRP CEO Eddie O’Connor said: “Carrying out the seabed survey is another major milestone towards
exporting power in 2018 and establishing an exciting new industry in Ireland as
well as an innovative source of green power for the UK.”