Ireland transforms coal-fired power station into green energy hub

ESB’s new hub will include a 1.4GW floating offshore wind farm, a wind turbine construction centre and a hydrogen production facility

The Big Zero report

Irish utility ESB has unveiled plans to transform its Moneypoint coal-fired station into a new green energy hub.

The new development will include a 1.4GW floating offshore wind farm that will be developed off the coast of Counties Clare and Kerry in two phases by ESB and Equinor.

The wind farm is forecast to power more than 1.6 million homes in Ireland.

The new hub will also become home to a wind turbine construction centre and a green hydrogen production, storage and generation facility.

Commissioned in the 1980s, Moneypoint is Ireland’s largest electricity generation station and at its peak produced 25% of the country’s electricity needs.

Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, said: “We have long signalled our intention to cease burning coal at Moneypoint.

“Today we are unveiling plans for a reimagined Moneypoint, which will not only create hundreds of jobs, but will also help Ireland to meet its climate targets and maintain secure supplies of electricity into the future.”

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