Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), an Irish-based offshore wind energy consultancy firm, has announced plans to create up to 500 jobs over the next five years.

The roles will support the establishment of an engineering hub to serve growing demand for the company's services, both domestically and internationally.

The new jobs will focus on engineering analysis, numerical modelling and offshore design, with opportunities across various grades, from graduates to senior level.

GDG is headquartered in Dublin, with offices in Cork and Belfast, from where the company services offshore wind projects worldwide.

The company was founded in 2011 by Paul Doherty and was acquired by UK-based Venterra Group in 2021.

Mr Doherty said that the offshore wind sector has been gathering domestic and global momentum, driven by the increasing decarbonisation targets set by governments worldwide.

"Today's announcement further builds on GDG's successful track record of assembling an industry and world-leading team of experts to meet the growing demand for offshore wind energy," Mr Doherty said.

"Our ambitions extend beyond Europe to the US and Asian markets as we strive to become the global leader in the offshore wind industry," he added.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney welcomed the jobs announcement.

"These new engineering roles are hugely welcome and create numerous exciting opportunities for skilled engineers of all levels," Mr Coveney said.

"In addition to this welcome news, this project supports the Governments plans in aiming to have Ireland carbon neutral by 2050," he added.

Today's jobs announcement is supported by the Government through IDA Ireland.

"The expansion will add important capability to Ireland's offshore wind supply chain and position Ireland as the firm’s global engineering services hub to serve its growing customer base internationally," said Michael Lohan, CEO of IDA Ireland.