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The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) and Sinbad Marine Services have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hexicon. The partnership is predicated on a ‘new approach’ which sees local fishermen engaged and influencing the development process a floating offshore wind project proposed from the onset.
The proposed new floating wind farm is to be located more than 50km off the Donegal coast (Ireland) and has the potential to deliver up to 2GW of energy. It is intended to use part of the energy generated to produce green fuels such as hydrogen or ammonia which in turn could be used to power the fishing fleet. Key decisions, including site selection, cable routing, and land fall, will be collectively analysed and agreed. In parallel, port operator and marine service provider, Sinbad Marine, will ensure the floating offshore wind project maximises its engagement with local industry and leverages local infrastructure. The focus of the Memorandum of Understanding is for the parties involved to cooperate and agree solutions which are mutually beneficial for the development of a wind farm which does not negatively impact the fishing industry nor the marine environment while contributing to the transformation of local and global energy supply chains.
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