A new gas-fired power plant looks to be on the cards for the IDA Business and Technology Park and Sion Road, Purcellsinch, following a renewed planning application from Greener Ideas Ltd.
An application had been approved by the council and by An Bord Pleanala two years ago, however there were a number of minor amendments made to the project, which necessitated a resubmission and an Environmental Impact Statement.
The power plant will contain number of tall buildings, large tanks and equipment. The development consists of the construction of a 100MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) Power Station, including an open cycle gas turbine with a 26m exhaust stack and 15m air vent stack.
Around 50 people will be employed on the site during the plant’s construction, which is expected to take around 14 months. Greener Ideas Ltd has not disclosed how many people will later work in the completed facility, other than that it will be a ‘small operational workforce’.
Natural gas will be the primary fuel source for the plant. Greener Ideas have acknowledged that there is a risk of groundwater contamination during the plant’s construction and operation, but measures have been taken to minimise this potential.
An electrical generator will connect to a single common main transformer where the voltage will be increased to 110 kV. Electrical power will then be exported from the plants main transformer to Kilkenny 110 kV sub-station located on the N10, where the electricity will be sent to the national grid.
The project will also necessitate the construction of a 71.5 linear metre site access road and new junction onto the IDA Business and Technology Park access road to the north of the site. It will include the refurbishment of an existing pumphouse and river abstraction chamber.
Greener Ideas Ltd is a joint venture company between Bord Gáis and Mountside Properties Limited.