ESB considering new planning application for Shannonbridge Station
Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement that the ESB is to start powering back up Lough Ree Power station in Lanesboro over the coming week.
“This announcement which is based on the current conditions on the River Shannon will come as a relief to the 400 families in the vicinity of Lough Ree Power Station who are dependent on the operation of the plant,” stated Denis Naughten
Over the next week the ESB will gradually re-commence generation at levels which ensure compliance with the EPA environmental licence obligations.
“I have been engaging with the ESB over the last number of weeks particularly since water levels on the River Shannon increased and this decision by the company is very welcome,” added Denis Naughten.
“It has also been confirmed to me that the ESB is currently evaluating the An Bord Pleanála decision with a view to submitting a new revised planning application based on co-firing West Offaly Power station in Shannonbridge with locally sourced biomass. This was always the plan for the operation of the power station in Shannonbridge as it would maintain employment levels not just in the ESB but also in Bord na Mona in the longer term.
“I have also asked the Environmental Protection Agency to consider, in an expeditious manner, the current licence application for Lanesboro Power Station which is currently with it for decision.
“I understand that just one submission to the proposed revised license has been submitted by An Taisce and in the interests of the employees in Bord na Mona and the ESB who are dependent on the operation of Lough Ree Power we do not want this process to drag out any longer.”
The EPA in its proposed decision on a revised licence application by the ESB, which would allow it to reopen operations at its peat-fired Lough Ree power plant in Lanesboro, Co. Longford, had sought submissions before a formal decision was made.
Just a single submission was received from An Taisce and this must now be assessed by the EPA before a final decision containing 112 individual conditions relating to the environmental management, operation, and control and monitoring of the power station can be made.
“The ESB has not sought to alter any of the proposed conditions and I hope that this will lead to a quick decision by the EPA and as a result the reopening of Lough Ree Power,” concluded Denis Naughten