XELLZ Ireland Ltd. is in the process of creating the Knowledge Management & Training Centre (KMTC) for the purpose of offshore and onshore renewable education.
This initiative will be a collaboration between national and international training institutes, colleges, and universities and will become the renewable education hub of Ireland.
XELLZ has and will sign a memorandum of understandings (MOU’s) with:
- DOB Academy in The Netherlands
- Renewables Academy, Wexford, Ireland (GWO training program)
- Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)
- Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC)
- Trinity College Dublin
- Dublin University
…and others are likely to join.
The KMTC shall be located at the new renewable hub, Europort Business Park (EBP) in Rosslare, Ireland where the training program will be conducted. Of course, the start of the program will be online and as soon as the “old” normal is returning there will also be a “train the trainer” program to ensure sufficient educators.
In early 2020, XELLZ secured approximately 200,000 sqm of land at the port of Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland. XELLZ has divided the land into zones and the entire area will be known as Rosslare Europort Business Park (EBP). Through its offshore services subsidiary 24shore and XELLZ Ireland, the Dutch company will establish an offshore wind supply base there to serve and support future offshore wind farms, bringing new energy to the region.
The Europort Business Park will become a hive of activity where businesses directly related to the upcoming Offshore Wind Farms (OWF’s) can establish themselves. The space offers ample storage and assembly areas to manage the wind turbines, transition pieces, and mobilization equipment. For the future, there is also space available for small to medium enterprises (SME’s) interested in providing maintenance, operational, and repair services to this budding renewable energy market.
The Port of Rosslare will be ready to serve the Irish and the Celtic Sea as well as reaching the UK east coast and continental Europe where many OWF’s are planned.
The Irish government has set out the country’s clear commitment to reducing carbon emissions with offshore wind expected to play a part. In July 2019 it adopted a Climate Action Plan which specifies, a plan for renewables to provide 70% of electricity generation by 2030. Offshore wind is expected to deliver at least 3.5 GW in support of reaching this target.
At the beginning of December 2019 the Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment announced details of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction, which has received government approval. The RESS is an auction-based scheme that invites renewable electricity projects to bid for capacity and receive a guaranteed price for the electricity they generate. Subject to state aid approval, the first auction is set to open this year.
XELLZ is a project logistics management consultancy for the heavy lift and project logistics industry, streamlining shippers’ processes from A-Z. Through its offshore services subsidiary 24shore, XELLZ offers a number of services to the offshore energy sector including project logistics management, property, personnel, and vessel chartering services.