ESB wind

Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has formed a development partnership with Coriolis Energy to set up nine wind power projects in the UK.

Projected power generation capacity of the developments will be up to 400MW. The firms are likely to spend approximately £600m on the proposed projects.

First of the nine onshore wind energy facilities is expected to be commissioned by 2019.

Once all the projects are operational, they will meet the power requirements of 225,000 households in the country.

ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty said: “ESB’s partnership with Coriolis Energy confirms the company’s continuing commitment to renewable electricity generation and further reducing the carbon mix in our portfolio.

“Projected power generation capacity of the developments will be up to 400MW.”

“This partnership gives us an opportunity to increase our presence and capability in onshore wind in the UK through high-quality projects.”

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Coriolis Energy managing director David Murray said: “This new partnership with ESB underlines Coriolis Energy’s position as one of the UK’s leading independent onshore wind developers.

“ESB’s scale, capabilities and desire to build a substantial onshore wind portfolio in the UK make them an ideal long term partner, both for us and our project landowners.

“We look forward to successfully completing the development of our existing project pipeline with them and using this as a platform for progressing further opportunities as the market continues to develop.”

Though most of the projects are likely to be built in Scotland, the firms will also explore new sites for onshore wind power developments throughout the UK.

Image: ESB and Coriolis Energy forms partnership to develop up to 400MW of onshore wind power. Photo: courtesy of meepoohfoto /