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Floating wind project set to power green energy hub in Ballykelly

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons with Naoimh McConville from MJM Renewables and Sam McCloskey from Simply Blue Group

THE renewables subsidiary of Newry-headquartered MJM Group has struck a deal with Simply Blue Group in Cork to pipe green energy into its site in Ballykelly from a new floating wind project off the North Coast.

The Nomadic Offshore Wind project will generate electricity which will be the primary energy source for what is to become a renewable energy hub at the MJM Renewables site at the former Shackleton British army barracks.

The energy will power projects within the hub including manufacturing facilities, hydrogen production, a data centre and other advanced research and development industries.

Nomadic Offshore Wind will use floating offshore wind technology, rather than fixed bottom structures, allowing positioning in deeper offshore areas with higher wind potential away from coastal shorelines, shipping lanes and fishing grounds.

MJM Renewables director Naoimh McConville said: “We support Northern Ireland's energy strategy, and believe it is even more critical than ever to ensure secure, affordable, and green energy for future generations.

“It has been an exciting time for us working with Simply Blue Group on this project. The renewable energy hub will be the catalyst to attract and develop the green economy in the north west, and it will help drive the shift to a zero-carbon economy and society.”

Sam Roch-Perks, chief executive of Simply Blue Group, added: “We're delighted to add another offshore wind project to our portfolio. Northern Ireland represents huge opportunities for the renewable sector, and we look forward to combining our expertise and working with MJM Renewables to help realise its vision for a green energy hub at MJM Ballykelly.”

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said: “This project sits well with the ethos of Northern Ireland's new 'Path to Net Zero Energy' strategy.

“With the current rise in energy prices being felt by businesses and the public alike, our plan to phase out fossil fuels to ensure more of the money we spend on energy stays local, helping the economy to prosper whilst creating jobs, has never been more prevalent.”

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