Hydrogen key element of planned Irish port

By Mike Hayes03 October 2022

A planning application has been made for a new deepwater port in Balbriggan in the Republic of Ireland.

An illustration of the strategic location of the proposed Bremore Port

The application for the first phase of the Bremore Port project – a joint venture between the Ronan Group and Drogheda Port – includes plans for a green hydrogen plant.

It is reported that the first phase of construction is expected to cost between €740 million and €860 million.

With an expectation that surveying work will be completed by the second half of next year, planning permission could in place by the end of 2025.

The port’s developers believe commercial activity could begin before the end of 2027, in time to service the construction of major proposed offshore windfarms nearby, including the North Irish Sea Array.

If plans for the port’s design are approved, it would have the capacity to handle onshore storage and assembly work for the very large turbines proposed for these windfarms.

The port’s position would also make it easily accessible from the nearby M1 motorway, and the developers foresee a market for green hydrogen coming from future HGV vehicles.

The Sunday Independent reported on a study from Wind Energy Ireland, which concluded that the Bremore team was “well positioned to deliver the infrastructure to meet market demand”.

The report also commented on the green hydrogen element of the port proposal, seeing it as a key commercial opportunity.

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