Dutch logistics company XELLZ has selected the Port of Rosslare as its offshore wind supply base. The news follows an announcement last month that the company was looking for a site in the South and South-East of Ireland to open-up an operation to serve the future offshore renewable wind energy endeavours. Through its offshore services subsidiary 24shore, XELLZ currently offers a number of services to the offshore energy sector including project logistics management, provision of personnel and vessel chartering. From Rosslare, the company aims to tap into the nascent Irish offshore wind market. The Irish government has set out the country’s clear commitment to reduce carbon emissions with offshore wind expected to play a part. In July 201,9 it adopted a Climate Action Plan which specifies, among other things, 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 Ministry 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 which 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 in the first quarter of next year. For more information on offshore wind farms worldwide, click here.