A renewable energy company has launched a new office in Blackrock, bringing eight new jobs to Cork.
Simply Blue Energy, founded in 2011, is a leading early stage marine project developer of sustainable floating wind, wave energy and low impact aquaculture projects.
The company has launched a new office in Blackrock which will serve as its new headquarters.
It also has offices in Ardmore, Newquay, Pembrokeshire, Edinburgh and Oregon.
The move of its headquarters from Ardmore to Cork has included the recruitment of a team of eight highly qualified offshore engineers, environmental scientists, marine specialists and project managers, including Dr Val Cummins, appointed as Operations and Ireland Projects Director.
Speaking about the relocation of the company's headquarters, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Simply Blue Energy Sam Roch-Perks said:
"Cork Harbour is the gateway to our Emerald floating wind project proposed in the vicinity of the Kinsale Gas field. "With excellent port and dockyard facilities and an ecosystem of maritime skills and services, we anticipate the future development of the Harbour as an internationally significant hub for floating offshore wind, which has influenced our decision to locate here.
"Our investment in our office in Cork Dockland’s provides a choice for our highly motivated staff, who benefit from a blended approach to office and remote working."
The new jobs announcement was welcomed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD.
"The highly skilled jobs in Simply Blue Energy are an indicator of the growth potential of offshore wind as part of the New Green Deal for Ireland," he said.
Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence welcomed Simply Blue Energy’s success, ambition and growth, as a major contribution to sustainable harnessing Ireland’s ocean wealth.