Tuesday, 06 December 2022 12h00

Masterplan of Shannon Foynes Port to Become International
Floating Offshore Wind Energy Hub

In-person event – venue MSG-024/25, Bernal Institute.

Tea/Coffee available in MSSi Social Space from 11h45


The Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), on the 4th of November, launched its Masterplan to become an international hub for floating offshore wind energy. The plan was produced by Bechtel and details scenarios for the development of up to 30 GW by 2050 of Floating Off-shore Wind from the Shannon Estuary. Full and executive versions of the SFPC Masterplan 2041 Review are here.

It is a daring yet realistic plan building on the deep water characteristics, zoned strategic development locations and proximity to the Atlantic’s wind potential while being sheltered by natural geography. The plan outlines energy generation scenarios and on-shore flexible demand by green industrial integration to match the dynamic Atlantic supply. It also indicates further significant development opportunities around the projected Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing and Recycling Innovation Hub, manufacturing of Sustainable Aviation Fuels, Chemicals and Circular Materials, many elements of the FLOW Supply Chain and other opportunities. Given unique
geography, also environmental and community impacts had full attention.

The Masterplan is an important pillar under the economic development plan of the Shannon Estuary region, Ireland, and given the scale of the renewable energy potential, also Europe, comparable to the 1920s Shannon Scheme. Since the University of Limerick is strategically committed to the sustainable economic development of the region and Ireland in the European context, various colleagues of UL supported plan development particularly with respect to circularity and innovation. The plan offers many opportunities for research, development and innovation as well as professional education especially for regional academic institutes such as UL.
To digest the plan and better understand opportunities for UL, Paul Deane, project lead at Bechtel and UL Alumnus, will present the full plan to the wider UL community and facilitate a discussion on the plan.


Paul Deane is a Project Manager with Bechtel’s Energy Transition team. Paul joined Bechtel after graduating from UL in 2002 with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. Paul has worked on major energy projects around the world primarily on gas processing in Saudi Arabia and multiple LNG projects on the US gulf coast, and in Africa and Australia. Paul was also a Project Manager on a major water desalination project supporting the Los Pelambres copper mine in Chile. Paul returned to Ireland in 2019 and has since been involved in multiple energy and infrastructure projects including Ervia’s Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project for
Cork and Dublin and SFPC’s Vision 2041.
Paul has an MSc in Engineering Management from Brunel University and a Diploma in Construction Law from the Law Society of Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland (FIEI).

For further information, please contact: luuk.vanderwielen@ul.ie