Application submitted for €150m gas fired power station

by Rose Barrett
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Kilshane Energy Ltd (KEL) has lodged a planning application to Fingal County Council for a 293MW gas fired power station, writes Rose Barrett.

The planned station will be located in Huntstown, north county Dublin and will generate enough electricity to power over 500,000 homes and businesses. On completion of the planning process, the new facility will take up to 18 months to construct on lands owned by the company, and entail an investment of €150m.

The proposed project will consist of an open cycle gas turbine, designed to provide the support required by the intermittent nature of renewable generation.

KEL is fully committed to supporting the growth of renewable generation across Ireland and with their chosen technology, the proposed new gas-fired power station will provide cleaner and more flexible power than most of Ireland’s current generation fleet.

“We are pleased to have brought our objective to develop a power station at Huntstown to the planning stage with Fingal County Council,” said Stuart Draffin, Director, Kilshane Energy.

“The timing of our application coincides with this week’s Policy Statement on Security of Electricity Supply, issued by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Mr Eamon Ryan TD, in response to the potential supply issues facing the country.”

A key part of the proposal is the addition of gas-powered electricity generation stations, which will aid the government in meeting its green energy objectives. The gas-fired power plants will act as back-up for renewable energy sources, and although powered by fossil fuels, they emit significantly less greenhouse gases than other fossil fuel plants.

There are further planning gains for the area contained within the development proposal, including the realignment of the Kilshane Road which means road traffic hazards that currently exist will be eliminated as part of this development.

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