Cork lower harbour wind energy

  • Wind turbines with a hub height of 100m and a rotor diameter of 101m.
  • Collaborative work between four industrial plants to make a strong representation.
  • Providing planning system knowledge and challenging projects´ experience to secure planning permission for each site.

Four healthcare manufacturing companies in Cork lower harbour have come together to develop wind energy projects for their sites. Janssen Biologics, DePuy, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis installed four wind turbines, each generating a maximum electrical power output of three megawatts at maximum speed, providing direct energy and carbon savings for their respective sites. It is estimated that each turbine will generate nine gigawatts of electrical power per annum.

This innovative response increases international competitiveness and energy costs, and it will visibly demonstrate a long-term commitment to renewable energy technologies, integrated with the established healthcare manufacturing activities. Arup’s extensive experience in manufacturing and renewable energy and high profile planning applications featured strongly on this project.

The process

Each company secured planning permission for one turbine on their site. Arup provided planning advice, stakeholder consultation and prepared a planning application supported by a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement. 
We also dealt with the planning permission appeals to An Bord Pleanála leading up to the final grant of planning and prepared the planning compliance submission for approval by the planning authority.

Finally, we completed a front end civil and electrical engineering design which provided each site with a design basis and a cost estimate to realise the project once planning had been obtained.


  • Aerial view of the project. Credit: Brady Shipman Martin.Open gallery

    Each company installed a wind turbine to provide direct energy and carbon savings for their respective sites.

  • Aerial view of the project. Credit: Finbarr O´Connell Photography.Open gallery

    Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world and is one of the most important industrial centres in Ireland.