As the UK’s leading onshore wind developer, owner and operator, at SPR we are keen to integrate ourselves into the communities in which we operate our windfarms.
SPR has a long-standing foundation in Northern Ireland, and currently operate five onshore windfarms in Northern Ireland, with key interests in Belfast Harbour and with Harland and Wolff.
The development of our West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm (operational since 2014) enabled the construction of the £50 million facility at Belfast Harbour which began in early 2012, creating the first purpose built offshore wind installation and pre-assembly harbour in the UK and Ireland, supporting up to 300 jobs in the process.
SPR is also progressing East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm towards construction. Lamprell, in partnership with Harland and Wolff, have been awarded a significant foundation fabrication contract. The value of this contract is circa £30 million with an average labour force of 200 people across the duration of the project with a peak of around 350 jobs.
Our community benefit funds support a wide range of worthwhile local initiatives, and SPR remains committed to working closely with the communities in which we operate, including continuing to maximise opportunities for local businesses.
We are proud to have voluntarily contributed to local communities to date in Northern Ireland, which include donations made to and managed by, the Fermanagh Trust, and funding for local primary schools. These funds have been used to support a wide range of projects in local communities in Northern Ireland.
We are keen to discuss a community benefit package, tailored to meet the needs of the surrounding community, and which has the capability to support the areas long term development ambitions.