Power Plants in Ireland - Natural Gas, Oil & Peat

Aghada
Location: County Cork
Operator: Electricity Supply Board
Configuration: 1 X 270 MW conventional steam, 3 X 85 MW Frame 9 gas turbines
Operation: 1980-1982
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: EVT
T/G supplier: Alsthom
EPC: Atlantic Projects
Quick facts: This site is near Whitegate on Cork Harbour. This was the last, large conventional oil and gas unit built in Ireland. To the left in the photo is the Aghada CCGT plant finished in 2010.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity Supply Board
Posted 2 Jun 2010

Bellacorick
Location: County Mayo
Operator: Electricity Supply Board
Configuration: 2 X 20 MW
Operation: 1962-1963 (ret)
Fuel: peat
Boiler supplier: Babcock
T/G supplier: Delaval
Quick facts: In Oct 2007, this 300ft cooling tower was demolished, almost 45yrs to the day from the plant startup in Oct 1962. The plant burned milled peat from 7,000ac of developed bogland in Erris and provided continuous employment for 80 staff.

Photograph by Steve Thomason
Posted 24 Dec 2004

Cahircivbeen
Location: County Kerry
Operator: Electricity Supply Board
Configuration: 1 X 5 MW (ret)
Operation: 1957
Fuel: peat
Boiler supplier: Walther & Cie
T/G supplier: BBC

Photograph courtesy of Electricity Supply Board
Posted 14 Feb 2003

Edenderry
Location: County Offaly
Operator: Edenderry Power
Configuration: 1 X 128 MW
Operation: 2000
Fuel: peat
Boiler supplier: Kvaerner
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Fortum, Jakko-Poyry, P J Walls, Ascon Ltd
Quick facts: Following a solicitation released in early 1997, IVO (now Fortum), was selected to build, own and operate Irelandís first peat-fired IPP in Jan 1998. The $108mn plant received £21mn of grant funding under the EU Regional Development Fund. Bord na Mona completed a comprehensive feasibility study for the new power station, which is located 60km west of Dublin. The unit has a bubbling fluidized bed boiler and went online to schedule in November 2000, the first major peat-fired power station built in Ireland since 1965. Edenderry has a 15yr power purchase agreement with ESB.

Photograph courtesy of Edenderry Power
Posted 12 May 2006

Great Island
Location: County Wexford
Operator: Endesa Ireland
Configuration: 2 X 60 MW, 1 X 120 MW
Operation: 1968-1972
Fuel: heavy oil
Boiler supplier: VKW, BPL
T/G supplier: Parsons
Quick facts: Great Island was once called Hervey's Island after the Norman knight Hervey de Monte Marisco. The island itself no longer exists. This was the first large-scale ESB oil- fired plant outside the main cities of Dublin and Cork. Construction started in 1963 and the first units were opened in Nov 1968. The plant site comprises 168ac where the River Barrow joins the River Suir. Great Island has five, 17,000t fuel storage tanks. The stacks are 138m tall. The plant was overhauled in 1993. Great Island was one of four ESB power stations acquired by Endesa in Jan 2009. A 430-MW CGGT plant is planned for the site.

Photograph by Zeezeilschool Scheve (Panoramio)
Posted 12 Dec 2009

Lough Ree
Location: County Longford
Operator: Electricity Supply Board
Configuration: 1 X 100 MW
Operation: 2004
Fuel: peat
Boiler supplier: Foster Wheeler
T/G supplier: Fuji
EPC: Foster Wheeler, Elektrowatt
Quick facts: The new unit is adjacent to the ESB Lanesboro plant and is the first CFB boiler in Ireland. It is part of a $400mn turnkey contract for two new peat-fired power stations in Ireland, Foster Wheeler's largest contract of its type. The plant, built in 35 months, burns peat that starts with moisture content as high as 70%.  It has advanced pollution control equipment including a baghouse, FGD, and SNCR. This was Fuji's first turbine in Europe. Lough Ree was one of Power magazine's Top Plants in 2005.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 13 Aug 2005

Poolbeg
Location: County Kerry
Operator: Electricity Supply Board
Configuration: 2 X 120 MW, 1 X 271 MW
Operation: 1971-1978
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: Fives, MAN
T/G supplier: BBC, Alsthom
EPC: Atlantic Projects
Quick facts: Poolbeg is at the site of the retired Pigeon Point power station on Poolbeg Peninsula, Ringsend. Power generation at the site started in 1903. Unit-3 cost £40mn. The two 207m chimneys are visible from much of the city. To the right in the photo is the Poolbeg CCGT plant finished in 1999.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity Supply Board
Re-posted 2 Jun 2010

Shannonbridge
Location: County Offlay
Operator: Electricity Supply Board
Configuration: 2 X 40 MW, 1 X 44.5 MW
Operation: 1965-1982 (ret)
Fuel: milled peat
Boiler supplier: EVT, Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: Parsons
Quick facts: This was Ireland's largest peat-fired power station for many yers buring up to 1mn tpy of peat extracted by Bord na Mona,from 5,500ha of bog in Co Offaly, Co Galway, Co Roscommon and C. Westmeath. Fuel was delivered to one of two handling facilities at the power station along a narrow gauge railway. Boiler 1 was demolished by controlled explosion in Feb 2009.

Photograph courtesy of University of Vermont
Posted 19 Apr 2009

Tarbert
Location: County Kerry
Operator: Endesa Ireland
Configuration: 2 X 60 MW, 2 X 250 MW
Operation: 1969-1977
Fuel: heavy oil
Boiler supplier: MAN, EVT
T/G supplier: BBC, Alsthom
EPC: Atlantic Projects
Quick facts: In 1963, the decision was made to build Tarbert and this 65ac site on Tarbert Island was purchased by ESB due to the availability of deepwater for oil transshipment facilities and access to ample cooling water supplies. The plant was initially connected to the grid at 220kV. Unit-1 was commissioned in Apr 1969. The stacks on the small units are 121m tall and the large stack is 151m tall. The first two sets have been deactivated. The plant was one of four ESB power stations acquired by Endesa in Jan 2009. A 430-MW CGGT plant is planned for Tarbert.

Photograph by Charles W Glynn (geograph)
Posted 31 May 2008

West Offlay
Location: County Offlay
Operator: Electricity Supply Board
Configuration: 1 X 150 MW
Operation: 2005
Fuel: peat
Boiler supplier: Foster Wheeler
T/G supplier: Fuji
EPC: Foster Wheeler, Gama
Quick facts: This unit replaced the ESB Shannonbridge power station and is one of the largest-purpose-built peat-fired units in the world. Construction started in Dec 2002 and the facility opened in Sep 2005 at a cost of Ä240mn. Lough Ree and West Offaly were the first power stations in Ireland built in conformance with the EU's Large Combustion Plant Directive.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity Supply Board
Re-posted 2 Jun 2010

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 23-Oct-2011

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